A court in Ankleshwar on Tuesday found three sons of JD(U)’s Gujarat unit president Chhotu Vasava and five others guilty of beating a Congress leader in 2009 and sentenced them to three-year imprisonment.
Seven of them, however, in the evening got bail to challenge the order in a higher court, one of the Vasava brothers was sent to judicial custody.
Bharuch police had arrested eight persons, including Kishor Vasava, Mahesh Vasava, and Dilip Vasava, for thrashing Congress president of Jhagadia taluka Balu Vasava and three others Rustam Pathan, Sheru Pathan, and Ismail Shaikh, at the house of one Mohan Vasava at Talodara village on January 15, 2009.
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Severely injured, the four were rushed to Welfare Hospital in Bharuch and a magistrate recorded statement of Balu. Jhagadia police later lodged a complaint against the three sons of Chhotu Vasava and five others — Chhana Vasava, Fatehsinh Vasava, Paresh Vasava, Ramesh Mistry and Keshu Vasava.
Sources said police in the chargesheet had incorporated testimonies of 30 witnesses. The 7th Additional Sessions Judge of Ankleshwar Court, M H Patel, on Tuesday pronounced the order after a seven-year trial.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 each on the convicts. They were convicted for unlawful assembly, rioting, causing grievous injury, criminal intimidation and other related crimes.
However, the defence lawyer filed a bail application before the court to allow convicts to move the Gujarat High Court. The judge granted bail to seven, except Kishor Vasava, who is in Bharuch district jail.
Public prosecutor Paresh Pandya said, “All the witnesses and even the complainant had become hostile in this case. The complainant Balu Vasava was earlier working with JD(U) Gujarat president Chhotu Vasawa and later after conflicts they separated. The judge had taken into consideration the case history mentioned by the doctor of Welfare Hospital where Balu Vasava and others underwent treatment and in the case history they told doctors that they were beaten up by the three sons of Chhotu Vasava and others. The statement before magistrate taken when Balu Vasava was severely injured was also taken into consideration by the court.”
Defence lawyer Dhiraj Parmar said, “There is no evidence against our clients and even complainant Balu Vasava in the court had denied that he named the three sons of Chhotu Vasava at the attackers. We will move the Gujarat High Court.”