Delhi court lets off man accused of assaulting cop with Rs 2,000 fine, says citizens in financial stress due to Covid

Observing that “citizens, particularly in private employment, are in great distress” owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Delhi court on Thursday passed a lenient sentence, imposing just a fine of Rs 2,000 on a man who was held for assaulting a police officer and fleeing with his vehicle.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Chaudhary convicted the accused Naveen Kumar under Sections 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code. The maximum punishment for such a crime is a prison sentence of two years.

The court said that “the convict had assaulted an on-duty police official, who had issued him a ticket for violating the law”. “Instead of obeying the police official, the convict in brazen disregard of the law assaulted the police official and ran away with his vehicle. Thus, even after being found on the wrong side of the law, the convict showed utmost disrespect for the law. His conduct after conviction is also worth mentioning,” the court said.

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