Bhartiya Janata Party MP Naranbhai Kachhadia was has been sentenced to three years in Jail by Amreli court in a case where he had assaulted a female doctor. The conviction will lead to Kachhadia's disqualification from Lok Sabha, as according to rules any lawmaker who is sentenced to more than two years in jail stands disqualified from his seat with immediate effect.
Judge D R Bhatt also imposed a fine of Rs 35,000 on the two-term MP from Amreli.
The court stayed the sentence for a month so as to enable Kachhadia and other convicts to approach the high court against the conviction.
Kachhadia might face disqualification under The Representation of The People Act as per the July 2013 judgement of the Supreme Court.
He and others were accused of beating up Bhimjibhai Dabhi, a doctor at Amreli civil hospital, on January 1, 2013, for refusing to attend to a BJP worker’s relative.
Dabhi asked the patient to wait as he was tending to another person. The patient called up Kachhadia who came to the hospital and beat up Dabhi, apart from hurling casteist abuse. Dabhi belongs to a scheduled caste.