A courtroom in Gujarat’s Junagadh district on Saturday sentenced a Congress MLA and his three sons to at least one 12 months in jail for attacking three members of a household in a dispute over a panchayat election in 2008. The courtroom of judicial Justice of the Peace (First Class) Dilipgiri Goswami at Mendarda discovered Congress MLA Bhikhabhai Joshi responsible beneath sections 452 (home trespass after preparation for damage) and 324 (voluntarily inflicting damage with harmful means) of the IPC, and sentenced him to at least one 12 months in jail.
The courtroom additionally sentenced his three sons – Bharat, Manoj, and Jayanti to at least one 12 months in jail and imposed a positive of Rs 5,000 on all 4 accused, who have been later granted bail. Joshi and his three sons had entered the house of the complainant Mugerbhai Juneja at Amrapur village of Mendarda taluka on November 4, 2008 and attacked the household with a sword, pipe and knife, leaving them injured.
The assault was triggered by a dispute over a panchayat election, it was acknowledged. The courtroom ordered that Rs 10,000 collected from the accused be given to the complainant in the direction of his medical value, and one other Rs 5,000 be given to a different member of the family Sonbaiben Juneja, who was additionally injured in the assault, it stated.
The courtroom took into consideration statements of 17 witnesses in addition to documentary proof whereas passing the judgment.