In a 28-year-old case against BJP MLA from Gosaiganj assembly Indra Pratap Tiwari Khabbu for using fake marksheets for college admissions, a special court on Monday sentenced him to five years in jail.
Special judge Pooja Singh pronounced the verdict and Tiwari, who was present in the court, was detained and sent to jail, news agency PTI reported. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 8,000 on Tiwari.
Indra Pratap Tiwari alias Khabbu Tiwari has been elected from Gosaiganj assembly constituency. In 1992, Yaduvansh Ram Tripathi, the then principal of Saket Degree College, Ayodhya, filed a case against Tiwari at the Ram Janmabhoomi police station.
According to the FIR, Tiwari, who failed in his second year of graduation, took admission in the next class in 1990 by submitting fake marksheets. The chargesheet in this case was filed after 13 years.
After the investigation in the case, the investigator presented the charge sheet against all the people in the court under sections 419, 420 and other sections of the IPC. The lower court referred the matter to the session for trial in the year 2018.
Several original documents went missing from the record and the Yaduvansh Ram Tripathi also died during the trial. Mahendra Kumar Agrawal, the then Dean of Saket College and other witnesses testified against Tiwari.