On Thursday, a court in Sangrur district sentenced Punjab minister Aman Arora and eight others to two years in prison in a 15-year-old case, where a relative of Arora had accused him of assaulting her at his home.

Chandigarh: An court in Sangrur district of Punjab on Thursday sentenced state minister Aman Arora and eight others to two years in prison in a 15-year-old case where Arora’s relative Rajinder Deep had accused him of assaulting her. The decision was made by Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Gurbhinder Singh Johal of the tsunami sub-divisional court based on the complaint of Deep filed in 2008. Arora and eight others were declared guilty in the case. While delivering the verdict, the court stated that the prosecution side had been successful in bringing the offenses of the accused individuals to light. The court’s order mentioned that the complainant was assaulted by entering her house.

Aman’s Portfolio In the cabinet of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Arora is in charge of the departments of new and renewable energy, printing and stationery, employment generation, and training, as well as governance improvement. In this case, nine individuals face charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 452 (house-trespass) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), for the incident that occurred 15 years ago. The court has filed a case against them under different sections of the IPC. The court sentenced them to two years in prison under IPC section 452 and one year under IPC section 323. Both sentences will run concurrently.

Appeal in the High Court After being declared guilty, Arora stated to reporters in Sangrur that he would knock on the doors of the High Court against the judgment and has full confidence in the judicial system. He mentioned that in 2012, he had reached a settlement with Deep, but his brother-in-law reneged on his promise. Sushil, who represented Deep, stated that Deep had filed complaints against ten people, and during the trial, one of them passed away. He said that the convicts have submitted an application before the court that they want to file an appeal in the upper court. They have 30 days to file an appeal.

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