Sanjana Jon Faces Contempt of Court

Lalit K Jha, Washington
Sanjana Jon Faces Contempt of Court
Sanjana Jon, sister of celebrated Indian fashion designer Anand Jon, sentenced to 59 years in prison for sexually assaulting aspiring models, now faces contempt of court proceedings for speaking to a juror in violation of a court order and failing to report it.

Sanjana, currently in India, faces the contempt of court proceedings along with juror Alvin Dymally for having spoken to each other in violation of the court order, Judge David Wesley said.

The contempt of court proceedings is slated to begin in the next few weeks.

Dymally was one of the 12 jurors which last November found Anand Jon guilty of sexual crimes. According to local media reports and court proceedings, Dymally met Sanjana during the trial and gave his number.

Dymally spoke to Sanjana twice over phone, during which he offered help.

At one of the court proceedings after the November judgement, Sanjana, who had taped the conversations, alleged that the court order went against Anand because she had refused to meet Dymally alone in person.

Anand's lawyers had demanded retrial on this ground, which was refused by the court, which awarded him 59 years of imprisonment.

Judge Wesley said it was an act of contempt of court for contacting the juror and failing to report it to the court.
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