AAP Party speaker and Son convicted for 6 months

Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel and his son  Sumit Goel are found guilty in a trespassing case that took place in 2005 and was sent to six months by a Delhi Court.

 Samar Vishal, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate said the punishment needed to be, "deterrent in this case" and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 to each of them along with sentencing six months of jail. The court also imposed one month for the additional offense of voluntarily causing hurt and imposed 1,000 fine.


"I will continue with my duties as an MLA", said Goel responding on the court order. "There's no restriction. Monday I will file an appeal in a session court. I am a law-abiding citizen, and I have nothing to fear."

 The accused were released on a personal, and surety bond of Rs 10,000 which enables them to file their appeal against the convictions they are facing.

 In the order copy, the court said, "Today, he is 72 years of age but it is also true that when in 2015 he committed this offense, he must be around 68 years. If he can commit an offense, at the age of 68, can he ask for leniency now citing his age? It is submitted that he entered the house as a Whistle blower. I wonder whether whistle blowers have a right to raid and trespass into private houses."

The FIR registered by a local builder, Manish Ghai says that Goel and his supporters had raided one of Ghai's houses in Vivek Vihar on the night of February 6, 2015, which is a day before the Delhi Assembly elections. According to the FIR, Goel had reportedly raided the house of Ghai and accused him of stashing liquor, blankets and other things for distribution ahead of the polls. A case of rioting, trespassing, causing mischief and voluntarily causing hurt was filed on them.

The AAP leaders denied these claims and said that they had gone to the house along with a police team which includes the local station house officer and assistant commissioner of police.
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