UP BJP MLA gets 25 years in jail & ₹10 lakh fine for raping minor | India News


VARANASI: A court in UP’s Sonbhadra on Friday sentenced BJP MLA Ramdular Gond to 25 years of rigorous imprisonment for the rape of a minor nine years ago, setting the stage for his disqualification from the assembly.
According to the Representation of the People Act, a lawmaker sentenced to imprisonment of two years or more shall be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and remain disqualified for another six years after serving time.The assault took place in 2014 when Gond was not an MLA and his wife was the village chief.
The court of additional district judge (first), MP/MLA, Ehsan Ullah Khan, also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on the first-time MLA. The sum will be utilised for the rehabilitation of the survivor, who is now married and has an eight-year-old daughter.
The court had held the MLA from Duddhi – reserved for Scheduled Tribes – guilty three days ago under IPC sections 376 (rape) 506 (criminal intimidation) and the Pocso Act. The legislator was immediately taken into custody and sent to jail.
The MLA’s lawyer had sought minimum punishment and assured the court that he would take care of the family of the survivor. The MLA, lodged in the district jail since being held guilty on Tuesday, was brought to the court on Friday and taken back to the prison after the punishment was handed down.
The survivor’s brother expressed satisfaction over the verdict and said she got justice after a long struggle.


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