New Delhi, Dec 28: The two accused stood trial for six years. In the end, they were fined Rs 100 each by a court. And even the court could not help but sympathise with the convicts who faced an agonising and long trial.
Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal held Krishan Pratap and Om Prakash, who were involved in a criminal litigation against each other, guilty for causing a noisy public fight on the court premises.
The court, however, took lenient a view of their offence and imposed a fine of Rs 100 each on them, saying the convicts have suffered a lot already as they have regularly been appearing before the court since September 2001.
"It has been established that both the accused were fighting outside the court number 10. They were abusing each other loudly and this was disturbing the public peace," the court said, relying on the testimonies of constable Sanjeev Sharma and SI Kishan Chander, who had arrested the fighting litigants after separating them.
"They (policemen) are reliable and have no reason to falsely implicate any of the accused," it said and also lent credence to the confession of OM Prakash that there was a fight.
The convicts, who, on September 10, 2001, had come to the court for appearing in a criminal case, entered into a verbal duel, minutes after they emerged out of the courtroom, the prosecution said.
The subsequent exchange of abuses turned violent as both the sides started raining punches and kicks on each other, forcing policemen, present inside the courtroom, to intervene.