Lucknow: Senior Congress leader Raj Babbar has been sentenced to two years imprisonment by the Lucknow MP/MLA Court. Along with this, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 8500. Raj Babbar was accused of influencing voting by entering the booth and misbehaving with the polling agent. At present, Raj Babbar is the leader of Congress. He has also been the state president of the UP Congress Party. In all likelihood, Raj Babbar will appeal against this decision in the higher court.
The case in which Congress leader Raj Babbar has been sentenced to two years by the MP/MLA court is of the year 1996. On May 2, 1996, a report was lodged against many people including Raj Babbar candidate Samajwadi Party and Arvind Yadav at Wazirganj police station by polling officer Shri Krishna Singh Rana.
It said that Raj Babbar along with his supporters entered the polling place and not only affected the voting process but also obstructed the official work and misbehaved and assaulted the people on duty. During this, apart from Shri Krishna Singh Rana, polling agent Shiv Singh was injured.
After investigation, on March 23, 1996, a charge sheet was filed in the court against Raj Babbar and Arvind Yadav under sections 143, 332, 353, 323, 504, 188 IPC and Representation of the People Act and 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act. On April 8, 2003, the court took cognizance and summoned both of them. During the hearing on Monday, an apology application was given on behalf of both the accused, which has been accepted by the court for today.