Judicial magistrate Mohit Aggarwal on Monday discharged BJP MLA Anil Vij and eight others in an alleged rioting case registered against them in November 2009.
The others who have been discharged are councillor Lalita Parshad, former councillors Narinder Bengalli, Suresh Garg, Rajiv Dimple, Raj Kumar, sarpanch Gurjant Singh, Satpal Dhall and Nitin Bhatia.
Defence counsels Dalip Mittal and Puneet Sarpal said the MLA and others had been booked under sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (to use criminal force to deter public servant), 186 (obstructing public servant), 195 (false evidence), 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code on November 11, 2009, when they had held a protest at Indira Chowk after an altercation between the traffic police and sarpanch Gurjant when the latter was crossing the traffic lights in his vehicle. They added that the cops had torn of Gurjant’s cloths.
Locals said Vij, who was passing through the area, had held a protest along with other BJP workers against the police excess following which nine persons were booked in 2009. Sources said the assembly speaker had earlier declined sanction to prosecute Vij and the defence had argued that the accused were falsely implicated.