New Delhi: A youth has been sentenced to four
years in jail and fined Rs 6,000 by a Delhi court for stealing
a man`s rickshaw and Rs 1,000 after drugging him over four
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Illa Rawat sentenced Uttar
Pradesh native Raju, who along with his accomplice Adil, had
tricked rickshaw puller Joginder to take a drug-laced soft
drink near GT Karnal Road on September 10, 2007.
According to police, Raju and his accomplice Adil, who is
still absconding, after drugging Joginder, tried to flee with
his rickshaw and Rs 1,000, but the victim managed to raise an
alarm, which resulted in passersby giving a chase to Raju and
The court sentenced Raju despite his pleas for leniency on
the ground that he had already spent over a year in jail
during the trial during which his father expired.
He had also pleaded that he was the sole bread-winner of
his family comprising his mother, two unmarried sisters, wife
and two minor daughters.
His pleas for leniency, however, were opposed by the
prosecution which said Raju`s offence was "serious", deserving
"Keeping in view all the submissions, circumstances and
the facts of the case, besides the gravity of the offence, I
sentence convict Raju to rigorous imprisonment for four years
along with a fine of Rs 5,000 for the offence punishable under
section 328 IPC (Causing hurt by means of poison)," the judge
said, while also imposing another fine of Rs 1,000 on Raju for
trying to steal the rickshaw.