Delhi Assembly Speaker and Aam Aadmi Party MLA Ram Niwas Goel has been convicted in the 2015 rioting case. Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court found Goel guilty of trespassing into BJP leader Manish Ghai’s house and causing hurt.
The arguments on the quantum of sentence in the case will be heard on October 18. Goel was convicted under section 448 (house trespassing) and section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
The case pertains to a 2015 incident where Goel, along with his supporters, had barged into the house of a local BJP leader and thrashed his driver. The incident had taken place on February 6, 2015, a day before the Delhi Assembly elections.
Goel had alleged that Ghai stored liquor to distribute in the elections. He forcefully broke the lock of a storeroom and manhandled Ghai's driver. After receiving the complaint, the police had reportedly seized the liquor and sent a report to the election commission.
An FIR was registered against Ram Niwas Goel following a complaint by Ghai. In the FIR, the BJP leader had alleged that the AAP's Shahdara MLA and his supporters raided one of his houses in Vivek Vihar on the night of February 6, 2015, a day before the Delhi Assembly elections.