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A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Som Dutt to six months in jail for assaulting a person in Gulabi Bagh area in 2015.

Dutt who represents Sadar Bazar constituency was convicted under sections 147 (rioting), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code, the agencies reported.

Chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) Samar Vishal further imposed a penalty of Rs two lakh on Dutt.

CMM said that penalty will be divided into two parts. One lakh will go to the person who was assaulted and one lakh will be deposited with the court.

In January 2015, Som Dutt had allegedly assaulted complainant Sanjeev Rana. Rana had told the Police that Dutt along with 50-60 persons visited his flat in Gulabi Bagh area and buzzed the bell constantly.

Dutt battered Rana with a baseball bat on his leg, the police was told. Rana further alleged that persons dragged him on the road and hammered him with fists and kicks.

But Dutt had rubbished the claims of Rana saying that he was wrongly indicted due to political reasons and Rana, being a member of BJP wanted to cut his ticket for Assembly elections. However, Rana had refuted affiliation with any party.

—India Legal Bureau

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