Rajiv Khosla, the former President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, was fined Rs. 40K by a Delhi court for assaulting a woman lawyer in 1994.

Rajiv Khosla, the former President of the Delhi High Court Bar Association, was recently convicted of assaulting a lady lawyer named Sujata Kohli in 1994 and was fined Rs. 40,000 by a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Sujata Kohli, a former practising lawyer, rose through the ranks of the Delhi judiciary to become a District and Sessions Judge before retiring.

The following are the terms of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajender Singh Nagar’s sentencing order:

This Court is of the opinion, having respect to the facts of the case, including the nature of the offence (simple injury) and the fact that the convict is an elderly person who has never been convicted in any previous instance, that the offence is punished under section 323 IPC. He should be released after fair reprimand, according to the undersigned. The convict is also ordered to pay a total compensation of Rs. 20,000, with Rs. 10,000 going to the complainant victim and Rs. 10,000 going to the State as costs of proceedings. In the event that the criminal fails to pay Rs. 20,000/-, he or she would be sentenced to 30 days of simple jail.

Convict is ordered to pay a punishment of Rs. 20,000/- for the conduct of a crime punishable under section 506 IPC, of which Rs. 10,000/- is to be paid to the complainant victim and Rs. 10,000/- is to be paid to the State as expenses of proceedings. In the event that the criminal fails to pay Rs. 20,000/-, he or she would be sentenced to 30 days of simple jail.

The Court further stated that the fine must be paid within one month and that it should be released to the complainant as soon as she appears.

Although the Court took into account the fact that Khosla, despite being a member of the bar and an officer of the Court, assaulted a lady bar member in front of a number of lawyers, which was clearly an aggravating factor, it also took into account the fact that he was a 65-year-old man who, according to police records, had never been convicted in any other case.

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