Delhi court sentences AAP MLA to 6 months in jail

first_imgNew Delhi: AAP MLA Som Dutt was Thursday awarded six-month jail term by a Delhi court for assaulting a man with a base ball bat during the 2015 Assembly election campaign, and said he committed the offence knowing its gravity as a legislator. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also imposed a penalty of Rs 2 lakh on Dutt while noting that he was a Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi before the incident and contesting the upcoming assembly elections. “It means he is public representative. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He has committed the offence knowing its gravity and consequences,” the court said. It noted that the incident did not take place on the spur of the moment but was a premeditated assault by a base ball bat. “The convict was a law maker and therefore by the very nature of his position has to be a law abiding citizen. We as a society cannot be used to such crimes. The complainant suffered fracture of fibula which is an important part of the body. I can realise the pain and agony suffered by him by this attack,” the judge said. The court, however, granted him bail on a personal and surety bond of Rs 10,000 till August 5, 2019 after he wished to appeal against his conviction. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The court further said that when an influential person breaks the law, there is an impression in his mind that he may break through it, in one way or the other. “But that is not the case always. Respect for the law is the first condition for a civilised society. Nobody has more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make it. Law without justice is a wound without cure,” the judge said, while refusing to grant the benefit of probation to the convict. Advertise With Us Dutt, the legislator from the Sadar Bazar constituency here, was held guilty under sections 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly ) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “There is no doubt that on January 10, 2015 at around 8 pm, Som Dutt, along with his 50¬ supporters, went to flat No. 13 where the complainant was present.last_img