During the trial, Bana Ram defended himself by saying that the trees were not on the government land. But later after the trial, he was found guilty under Section 411 (dishonestly receiving/retaining stolen property) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
He also pleaded that since he was a senior citizen, he should be given some leniency, while announcing the quantum of punishment.
“He was sentenced to two-years' rigorous imprisonment with Rs. 3,000 fine on Friday,” public prosecutor Kapil Gaud informed.