New Delhi, Mar 23 (ILNS) A Sessions Court today sent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti to two years of jail, after convicting him under various Sections of the IPC, including rioting, along with mischief and causing damage to public property, in a 2016 assault case.
Special MP MLA Judge Vikas Dhull passed the order, while dismissing the plea filed by Bharti against the order of the Magistrate Court, challenging his conviction and sentence. The Magistrate Court had sent him to two years of jail and imposed a fine of Rs one lakh in January this year.
While partly allowing his appeal, Special Judge Dhull upheld the conviction of Bharti under Sections 149 & 147 of IPC, along with Section 3 (mischief causing damage to public property) of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984. The AAP legislature was, however, acquitted under Sections 323 and 353 of IPC.
The Court said, “The appeal of appellant is partly allowed and part of the judgement convicting and sentencing the appellant for the offence under Sections 323/353 IPC
read with Section 149 IPC are accordingly, set aside. However, the part of the judgement and sentence order convicting and sentencing the appellant for the offence under Section 147 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and under Section 3(1) of PDPP Act are hereby affirmed.”
“Accordingly, the appeal is dismissed qua the conviction and sentence of appellant under Section 147 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and under Section 3(1) of PDPP Act. Appellant be taken into custody and be sent to Jail for serving the sentence as awarded by the Trial Court vide its sentence order dated January 23, 2021 for
the offence under Section 147 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and under Section 3(1) of PDPP Act,” Special Judge Dhull added.
Bharti, along with 300 supporters, demolished the fence of a boundary wall at AIIMS with a JCB operator on September 9, 2016. The complaint against Bharti was filed by the Chief Security Officer of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. ILNS/ANB/SNG/RJ