UP minister sentenced to 1 yr in jail in Arms Act case; gets bail

Updated: Aug 8 2022 6:27PM

Kanpur, Aug 8 (PTI) A district court here on Monday sentenced Uttar Pradesh minister Rakesh Sachan to one year of imprisonment in an over three-decade-old Arms Act case. The minister, however, got bail immediately in the case, officials said. After being convicted in the Arms Act case of 1991 on Saturday, Sachan who had "disappeared" from the courtroom allegedly with the conviction order, on Monday surrendered before the court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate-3. A panel of lawyers on Monday came to the court with Sachan, who holds the portfolio of micro small and medium enterprises, khadi and villages industries, sericulture industries, handloom and textile in the Yogi Adityanath government. After the (surrender) procedure was complete, the court sentenced the UP minister to one year of imprisonment in an Arms Act case, and also imposed a fine of Rs 1,500 on him, prosecution officer Richa Gupta said. Sachan had joined the BJP after leaving the Congress before the assembly polls earlier this year. Talking to PTI over phone, prosecution officer Gupta said that Sachan reached the court along with several senior lawyers around 2 pm, after which the court began its proceedings.

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