AAP MLA Pawan Sharma sentenced to 18 months in jail over employee’s death case


New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Pawan Kumar Sharma has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for the death of his employee at a factory owned by the legislator. Sharma has been given the punishment for causing death due to negligence. 

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Sharma was sentenced jail in the case of death of an employee at his steel factory. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also slapped on the MLA. Sharma was convicted of offences under sections 287 (negligent conduct with respect to machinery) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC.

On August 29, 2016, Metropolitan Magistrate Virender Singh sentenced the Adarsh Nagar MLA to rigorous imprisonment for 18 months, besides sentencing him to rigorous imprisonment for six months for “negligent conduct with respect to machinery”. The two jail terms will run concurrently, said the court.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh, to be paid to the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) within 30 days from the date of the order. While imposing the fine, the court observed that the wife and daughters of the victim had remained untraceable.

“The wife as well as the daughters of the deceased Ram Kumar can claim the aforesaid compensation amount from the DLSA in addition to some other suitable compensation as and when they want,”said the court. Keeping in mind that the quantum of punishment was less than three years, the court granted bail to Sharma on a bail bond and a surety bond of Rs 20,000 each.

The case against Sharma was registered on August 5, 2009, at north Delhi’s Samaypur Badli police station. The prosecution had claimed that Ram Kumar, a worker employed in Sharma’s factory, got injured and subsequently died due to negligence on the part of the factory authorities.

Seeking leniency for Sharma, the defence had argued that he did not have a criminal record and was a responsible citizen of society. The court, however, observed, “It is also not beyond the sight of this court that in the present case, a 40-year-old male died due to the negligent act of the convict.”

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Sources said after taking cognisance of the police chargesheet and the subsequent sanction for prosecution from the competent authority, a Metropolitan Magistrate court issued summons to Bharti and others named in the chargesheet.

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