New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A Delhi court on Tuesday sentenced Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti to two years in jail in a 2016 case of assaulting an AIIMS security staff and destroying public property. 

Bharti was taken into custody by Delhi Police after the court upheld his conviction under Sections 149 (Unlawful assembly) and 147 (Punishment for rioting) of the Indian Penal code and Section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

The court, however, set aside his conviction under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 353 (assault or use of criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) read with section 149 of IPC.

In January this year, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey had sentenced him to two years in prison and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The AAP MLA had moved the court challenging the order, but the previous verdict was upheld. 

Bharti was sentenced to jail in January this year but was granted bail so that he could file an appeal in the upper court against his conviction. Back then, he had exuded confidence of being acquitted in the case while citing "rights given in Baba Saheb Dr Ambedkar's Constitution of India". 

According to the prosecution, on September 9, 2016, Bharti, along with nearly 300 others, brought down the fence of a boundary wall at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here with a JCB operator. The case was lodged on the basis of a complaint from R S Rawat, Chief Security Officer, AIIMS. 

On November 20, 2018, Bharti submitted before the court that while he was on telephonic conferencing with the complainant, "he had made certain statements and those statements and his words were not directed towards the complainant, but if his words have hurt sentiments of the complainant in any way, he offers his sincere and deepest apology to the complainant".

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta