A Delhi court has awarded 18 months imprisonment to Aam Aadmi Party(AAP legislator Pawan Sharma in a 2009 case related to the death of a factory worker by negligence.
He has been convicted for offences under sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC
Metropolitan magistrate Virender Singh awarded the jail term to Sharma, MLA from Adarsh Nagar constituency in North Delhi, and imposed a fine of Rs1 lakh on him. He was later granted bail by the court.
Sharma, a legislator from Adarsh Nagar, on Thursday told IANS that he will challenge the order and will file an appeal in the sessions court.
Metropolitan Magistrate Virender Singh on August 29 held Sharma guilty under Sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code.
The court awarded 18-month jail term to Sharma and slapped him with a fine of Rs 100,000.
However, the court granted him bail so that he can file an appeal against the order in the higher court.
A case was registered against him on August 5, 2009, at north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli police station.
Sharma was the proprietor of the company.
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According to the prosecution, the incident took place in August 2009, when a worker at his steel factory in Samaipur Badli in Northwest Delhi was injured due to flying chips from a rolling machine. Victim Ram Kumar, who was working as machine operator, was taken to a hospital in Rohini where he succumbed to the injuries.
Police had alleged that the workers, including Ram Kumar, had complained about the defective machine to the factory owner, Sharma, who did not pay heed to it and asked them to leave the job. It had also alleged that no safety cover was provided to the workers at the mill.
An FIR (first information report) was lodged against the factory owner at Samaipur Badli Police Station. During the trial, Sharma had claimed innocence and pleaded that it was a false case.
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