The court has, however, stayed the operative part of the order, so Mevani and others can appeal the order before the sessions court.
AHMEDABAD — An Ahmedabad court on Friday convicted Congress leader Jignesh Mevani and 19 others guilty in a 2016 vandalism case and sentenced them to six months simple imprisonment.
The Metropolitan Magistrate awarded three different sentences under the three different sections of IPC – six months jail under one, Rs 500 fine under another, and Rs 100 fine in the third.
The court has stayed the operative part of the order, so Mevani and others can appeal the order before the sessions court.
In 2016, Mevani and others were leading protests demanding to name Gujarat University’s Law Department as Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan. The protest turned violent and the premises were vandalised. All protesters were arrested and produced before the court.
Mevani, a prominent Dalit leader, won the 2017 Assembly election as an independent with the support of Congress. The party later made him a working president of its Gujarat unit. — IANS (Inputs added)