Former UP Congress president Lallu gets 1-year jail for defamatory remarks | Lucknow News – Times of India

LUCKNOW: Former UP Congress president Ajay Kumar alias Lallu was awarded one-year imprisonment on Saturday for making defamatory comments against Shrikant Sharma, who was the power minister in Yogi 1.0 government, regarding the alleged Rs 2,600 crore EPF scam in the UPPCL.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Lallu and said that if he did not deposit the fine, he would have to spend 15 days more in jail. Lallu had requested the court to release him on probation instead of awarding him sentence, but additional chief judicial magistrate AK Srivastava turned down his request.
“Since Lallu is (former) state president of a national party and is in public life and as such it is more expected of him that he must observe patience on his conduct and language in public life. If Lallu is given the benefit of probation, it would send a wrong message to the common public,” observed the court.
Sharma, who is now Mathura MLA, had filed a criminal complaint in the court in 2019 pleading the court to summon and punish Lallu as he had made indecent allegations against him in public. Lallu was summoned and put on trial. Delivering the judgment on Saturday, the court sentenced him for the offence he committed under section 500 of IPC. Before filing the case in court, Sharma had sent a legal notice to Lallu seeking an apology, but he did not tender any apology.The court found Lallu’s statement wrong, malicious and misleading and made without verifying facts as part of a conspiracy to harm Sharma’s image and prestige. Lallu had on November 4, 2019 made an allegation against Sharma and questioned purpose of his alleged tour to Dubai and sought probe into Sharma’s alleged Dubai visit in September-October 2017, saying it smacked of national security issues.
“It should be probed as to why Shrikant Sharma visited Dubai in September-October 2017. Whom did he meetthere?” Lallu had tweeted and also sought to know who all met the minister in Dubai. Lallu had also said the matter of investment of power employees’ EPF money in DHFL not only amounted to corruption but was also related to national security. In his complaint, the former minister said that he did not go to Dubai in 2017 and also stressed that the decision to invest in the Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Limited (DHFL) was taken during the previous Samajwadi Party government headed by Akhilesh Yadav.

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