NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has convicted a man for assaulting a cop on being stopped for violating traffic rules, saying no one could be allowed to take law in his hand.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ankur Jain held Mukesh, a resident of Dwarka in Southwest Delhi, guilty of various offences under the IPC including assaulting public servant and obstructing him from discharging duty.
"No person can be allowed to take law in his own hand and beating police officials in public area cannot be appreciated in any manner," the magistrate said. The court is yet to pronounce the quantum of punishment.
The court's order came in a case in which Mukesh, who was riding a bike with three pillion riders without helmets in 2010, was arrested for beating up a cop after he stopped them.
While the pillion riders fled from the spot after beating the policeman, Mukesh was apprehended, the police said.
The court relied on the testimonies of victim, constable Ravinder, and another cop, an eye witness, and said "four people were sitting on one motorcycle could give enough reasons to the police to stop them. It is not the case that without any reason the accused were stopped by the police."
The court held Mukesh guilty of offences under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353(assaulting public servant), 333(voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty) of the IPC.
While Mukesh pleaded innocence and claimed being falsely implicated, the court rejected his contention.