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Former MP CM Digvijaya Singh sentenced one-year jail term in Ujjain assault case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Indore: A sessions court in Indore sentenced Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and five others to one year jail term each in connection with a 2011 case pertaining to an assault on a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha worker (BJYM) in 2011. The court later granted bail to all the convicts on a surety of Rs 25,000 each.

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Singh, former MP Premchand Guddu and four others, however, were granted bail by the Indore District and Sessions Court.

“This is a 10-year-old case in which my name was not even in the FIR, but was added later under political pressure. I will appeal in the High Court” the Congress leader said.

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Singh termed the case fake and politically motivated and said he will appeal in the High Court.

Judge Mukesh Nath convicted Singh and former Ujjain MP Premchand Guddu under Indian Penal Code sections 325 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 109 (abetment to assault). Anant Narayan, Jaisingh Darbar, Aslam Lala and Dilip Chaudhary were convicted under IPC section 325. Mahesh Parmar (Congress MLA from Tarana), Mukesh Bhati and Hemant Chauhan were acquitted for lack of evidence. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the convicts.

Anant Narayan, Jaisingh Darbar, Aslam Lala and Dilip Chaudhary were convicted under IPC section 325.

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Mahesh Parmar (Congress MLA from Tarana), Mukesh Bhati and Hemant Chauhan were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the convicts. Rahul Sharma, the lawyer of Singh and Guddu, said they were accused of instigating others to beat up BJYM activist Ritesh Khabia.

“Prosecution documents show Khabia had injury to the right hand, but the fact is he had a broken bone in his left hand,” he said.

According to police, BJYM activists tried to show black flags to Singh on July 17, 2011, when his convoy was passing through Jiwajiganj area of Ujjain, which led to a clash.

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