Minister sentenced to three months in jail for assaulting policeman


Indian state Maharashtra Minister for Women and Child Development Yashomati Thakur has been sentenced to three months simple imprisonment for assaulting a policeman eight years ago. The district court in Amaravati has also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the Congress leader.

Yashomati Thakur, who represents Tivsa constituency in Amaravati, had slapped a policeman Ulhas Rourale in Amaravati city on March 24, 2012. She had got into a scuffle with him when she had gone to Shri Ambadevi temple. Her car driver Amit too had beaten the policeman. The court has found both of them guilty of assaulting a public servant on duty and creating hurdles in his functioning.

The BJP demanded Thakur’s resignation after the court verdict.

Thakur said she will challenge the verdict in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court. “I hope I will get justice in the High Court,” she said.

Replying to the BJP’s demand for her resignation, she said, “The party does not have a right to seek my resignation. It should be worried about the malpractices done in the Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan (JSA) rather than criticising me. They are trying to finish me politically.”

The JSA, a micro-irrigation scheme run by the previous government led by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis, has been mired in controversy after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) questioned the expenditure of Rs 9,000 crore incurred on it in five years. The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government has decided to form a Special Investigation Team to probe the alleged irregularities in this scheme.

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