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 Raj Babbar Gets Two-Year Jail For Assaulting Polling Officer

A polling officer had lodged an FIR against Bollywood actor and then Samajwadi Party contestant Raj Babbar during an election in May 1996 in Lucknow.

Congress Leader Raj Babbar

A court in Lucknow awarded two-year imprisonment to Bollywood actor and Congress leader Raj Babbar in a case involving the assault of a polling officer. Later, he was granted bail to provide him an opportunity for filing an appeal against the verdict.

Babbar was convicted for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from performing his duty and three other offences. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6,500 on him.

The court sentenced separately for the offences under Sections 143, 323, 332 and 353 of the IPC. The court said all sentences will run concurrently.  It clarified that if Babbar did not deposit the fine, he would have to undergo 15 days more imprisonment.

The FIR against Babbar was lodged during an election in May 1996. At that time, Babbar was contesting from the Samajwadi Party as a Lok Sabha candidate for the Lucknow seat. It was stated in the FIR that Babbar barged into a polling centre with his supporters, alleging rigging and assaulting a polling officer.

Police filed a charge sheet against him on September 23, 1996.

The court took cognizance of the offences and summoned Babbar on March 7, 2020 and framed charges against him.

[With Inputs From PTI]

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