New Delhi: A man facing trial for 12 years in a gambling case has been convicted and fined Rs 500 by a Delhi court after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him.
Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal fined Central Delhi resident Anwar Malik for gambling in a public place after he pleaded guilty during the course of judicial proceedings.
"Today, on October 17, when the matter was listed for further prosecution evidence, accused Anwar Malik submitted that he wants to plead guilty for the offence with which he had been charged.
"In view of the plea of guilt of the accused Anwar Malik for the offence punishable under the sections 12, 9, 55 of the Gambling Act, he stands convicted for the said offence. The convict is sentenced to pay fine of Rs 500," the judge said.
According to the prosecution, Malik was found gambling in Hauz Qazi area here on November 4, 2000 and was arrested.
Subsequently, charges under the Gambling Act were framed against him on May 29, 2004.
Malik who had denied the charges against him and had claimed trial, however, pleaded guilty to the charges on October 17, 2012.