Delhi Court sets aside AAP MLA’s three-month jail term

Delhi Court sets aside AAP MLA’s three-month jail term

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New Delhi, Nov 20 : A Delhi Special Court on Wednesday set aside a lower court order conviction of three month jail term to Aam Admi Party (AAP) MLA for creating ruckus near a polling booth during 2013 Assembly Polls and directed him to pay only Rs 10,000 fine as a punishment in the matter.

In this matter Government Counsel has submitted that over 50 protesters led by Kumar had allegedly caused hindrance in the election process at an MCD school during the 2013 Delhi Assembly election and closed the main gate of the school due to which the police staff and election officers were locked inside the school. It had further submitted that when the voting was over, Kumar alleged asked his volunteers not to allow the ballot boxes to be taken back and after closing the main gate.

Kumar was sentenced to three months imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 by Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal. It is further submitted that although Kumar had caused obstruction in taking out the EVMs/ballot boxes and election material from the polling station "but there is no disturbance in the casting of the votes."

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar after hearing arguments on behalf of the parties passed an order that appeal filed by Kumar imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. The court said that the reasoning given by the Magisterial court for not extending the benefit of probation to the MLA from east Delhi's constituency was appropriate. (UNI)