Two men have been sentenced to 15 days imprisonment by a Delhi Court, 14 years after they threw acid on a shopkeeper and his employees who objected to their bathing in the balcony and letting the water spill onto the floor below.
Additional Sessions Judge Shail Jain sentenced Old Delhi residents Sudhir Dass and Mathura Dass to simple imprisonment for 15 days after holding them guilty of voluntarily hurting the complainant, Sidharth Santra, and his employees by throwing acid on them.
The court order came on an appeal filed by Sidharth against the order of a magisterial court which had acquitted the accused in the 1998 case.
Sudhir and Mathura had been booked under section 324 IPC which entails maximum punishment of three years for voluntarily causing hurt by means of acid in pursuance of their common intention.
While setting aside the order of the trial court, the ASJ said, “Considering the fact that the incident had occurred on on August 8, 1998 and after facing protracted trial of 14 years, both accused were acquitted and the fact that they were on bail during trial, I sentence both the convicts to undergo simple imprisonment for 15 days.”
Sidharth had in his appeal told the Sessions court that Sudhir and Mathura used to run a small jewellery shop in old Delhi. Both the accused and also their employees used to take bath in the balcony of the third floor and let the water fall on the complainant and his employees.