AAP MLA Som Dutt’s trial for ‘rioting’ to start in November
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Som Dutt, who has been charged with alleged offences of rioting, wrongful restrain and assault of a man during the 2015 assembly election campaign, in November. The court had framed charges of rioting, wrongful restraint, voluntarily causing grievous hurt.delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2017 23:15 IST
A Delhi court has said that it will commence the trial against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Som Dutt, who has been charged with alleged offences of rioting, wrongful restrain and assault of a man during the 2015 assembly election campaign, in November.
The court on Thursday fixed November 2 for recording prosecution evidence in the case.
The court had in May this year framed charges against Som Dutt, a legislator from Sadar Bazar constituency, after he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
If proven guilty, the offences entail a maximum punishment of seven years in jail.
The court had framed charges of rioting, wrongful restraint, voluntarily causing grievous hurt and unlawful assembly under the Indian Penal Code against Dutt, who is out on bail.
An FIR was lodged against Dutt in 2015 at Gulabi Bagh police station in North Delhi on the allegation that the MLA, and around 50 of his supporters, while campaigning in the locality, had come to the house of complainant Sanjeev Rana.
The prosecutor had alleged that when the complainant objected, the MLA allegedly hit Rana on his legs with a baseball bat and his supporters dragged the complainant out on the road and started beating him.
Dutt’s counsel has refuted the arguments of the prosecutor saying that the MLA and his supporters were peacefully campaigning in the society and it was the complainant who started quarrelling with Dutt in an inebriated state, for which a cross FIR was also registered by the legislator.
While ordering framing of charges, the court had noted that keeping in view the legal principles and facts and circumstances of the case put forward by the prosecution and from the statements of the witnesses recorded, prima facie a case is made out against the accused.