NEW DELHI: In the first ever jail sentence in the riots that rocked northeast Delhi in 2020, a city court on Thursday sent Dinesh Yadav, 25, to jail for five years for torching a 73-year-old woman's house in Gokalpuri during the communal violence in February that year.
Although the second sentencing in the cases surrounding the northeast Delhi riots, Thursday's ruling marked the first conviction and sentencing after a full-fledged trial. In the first, there was no trial as the accused pleaded guilty and was let off for the period already spent in custody.
Additional sessions judge Virender Bhat sentenced Yadav alias Michael for being part of an unlawful assembly (Sec 149 of the Indian Penal Code holds every member of such an assembly guilty when an offence is committed), armed rioting using a deadly weapon, trespassing into a house, robbery, and arson.
On December 6, 2021, the court convicted Yadav in the case; the sentencing has been pending since then.
Yadav was arrested in June 2020 and the charges in the case were framed on August 1, 2021. A total of 12 prosecution witnesses were examined during the trial.
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