A court in Uttar Pradesh awarded a two-year jail sentence to actor-turned politician Raj Babbar in a case involving the assault of a polling officer. The incident happened in 1996.
Congress leader Raj Babbar (Photo: File)
An MP/MLA court in Uttar Pradesh has awarded a two-year jail sentence to Bollywood actor and Congress leader Raj Babbar in a case involving the assault of a polling officer. The FIR was lodged in Wazirganj police station on May 2, 1996 by the polling officer.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 8,500 on Raj Babbar. The actor-turned-politician has been convicted of obstruction of government work and assault.
1996 ASSAULT CASE
At that time, Raj Babbar was in the Samajwadi Party and was contesting the elections from Lucknow. During the time of the elections, a verbal spat had broken out between the two which led to the assault.
A police complaint was filed against Raj Babbar and Arvind Yadav against sections 143, 332, 353, 323, 504, 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Apart from the Representation of the People act, the charge sheet was filed in court under the Criminal Law Amendment Act.
Raj Babbar was present in the court when the verdict was pronounced. He was found guilty of roughing up a government officer during the 1996 Lok Sabha elections but got bail later.
(With inputs from Shyam)
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