A Ranchi court on Tuesday sentenced AJSU Party legislator Kamal Kishore Bhagat and another leader to seven years in jail for attempted murder of a renowned neuro-physician more than two decades ago.
Bhagat, a legislator from Lohardaga and a member of the BJP-led ruling coalition in the state, also lost the membership of the assembly after his conviction.
The court of judicial commissioner (III) Krishna Kumar, who had convicted Bhagat and former party leader Alastair Bodra on Tuesday, sentenced the two for seven years (attempted murder), for four years (extortion), two years (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and six months (trespass). All sentences would run concurrently.
The sentences were read out by the judge through video-conferencing to the accused lodged at the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.
Bhagat’s lawyer Vikrant Sinha said they will appeal against the conviction at the Jharkhand high court.
Neuro-physician KK Sinha, who had filed the case against the two, expressed happiness over the court’s order.
“Justice has been done to me no matter even if it came late. These people were renowned criminals of that time and many others like me were victimised. I would not hesitate to contest this case upto Supreme Court if the need arises,” Sinha added.
The case against Bhagat dates back to September 28, 1993 when he, Bodra and another party leader Sudarshan Bhagat demanded “donation” from Sinha to hold a political rally in Patna.
They entered Sinha’s clinic at his residence at Booty in Ranchi where they engaged in a heated exchange following the physician’s refusal to pay the donation.
They also attacked Sinha in which he suffered a fractured finger.
Several patients and Sinha’s body guards tried to catch the three, resulting in violent clashes leading to the death of Sudarshan Bhagat. The legislator and Bodra had suffered serious injuries and had to be hospitalised for a long period.
Bhagat is the fourth politician after RJD chief Lalu Prasad, JD(U) leader Jagdish Sharma and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha(P) leader Nizammudin Ansari to be convicted by Jharkhand courts that led to their disqualification from Lok Sabha and state assembly.