NEW DELHI: A court in Ahmedabad on Friday sentenced Gujarat Congress working president and MLA Jignesh Mevani and 18 others to 6-month simple imprisonment in a 2016 case of rioting and unlawful assembly.
Mevani, along with other members of a Dalit rights group, Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, had held a protest in 2016 raising a demand that an under-construction building of Gujarat University be named after Dr. BR Ambedkar.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P N Goswami, who also imposed a fine on Mevani and others, suspended their sentence till October 17 to enable them to file appeals.
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.
Gujarat is set to see assembly elections soon. The sentence draws a cloud over whether he will be allowed to contest the polls.
In May this year, a Gujarat court had sentenced Mevani to three months in jail in a 2017 case for taking out a rally without permission.
In April, Mevani was arrested by the Assam police in connection with two separate cases: one over criticism of PM Modi and the other alleging molestation. The latter was labelled as a ‘false case’ by a court. He got bail in both cases.
(With inputs from agencies)

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