Kanpur: In a 1991 Arms Act case, a Kanpur court on Monday sentenced Rakesh Sachan, currently a cabinet minister in the Ministry of MSME, Khadi, Village Industries, Sericulture, and Textile in the Uttar Pradesh government, to one year in prison and a fine of Rs. 1,500. However, he will not go to jail. His bail application was already in court. While the court has freed him on bond.
Sachan, who switched from the Congress to the BJP shortly before the state assembly elections earlier this year, was found guilty of maintaining an illegal firearm on Saturday, August 6,
The minister was charged with escaping from a Kanpur court following a guilty judgement before the quantum of sentence could be decided. The minister, however, dismissed the claim as a rumour and refuted it.
According to Minister Rakesh Sachan, “A few instances are still pending.” The current circumstances are deceptive.
Sachan joined politics in the early 90s. In the beginning, he joined the Samajwadi Party (SP). In 1993 and 2002, he was elected an MLA from the Ghatampur assembly seat.
He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in January 2022 and was appointed as a Cabinet Minister in Yogi Adityanath’s second term. He contested from the Bhognipur Vidhan Sabha constituency in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.