In a major setback, popular Assam singer and musician Zubeen Garg, was slapped with a fine of Rs 5,000 and was sentenced three months rigorous imprisonment on Friday in an assault case. Garg who is often described as the heart-throb of the younger generation was held guilty by the court of slapping a minor boy. The ‘Gangster’ fame singer was arrested pertaining to a 2013 case, where he had allegedly slapped the son of an advocate, named Arup Borbora, for smoking in public, reported ANI. Borbora had lodged a FIR with the police following the incident. A day later Borbora again filed another FIR complaining that the singer had revealed the name of the victim in some local TV news channels, which is against the laws that protect the rights of the child, reported the Indian Express.
The Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Guwahati held the singer guilty under Sections 323 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. The court, however, gave him the opportunity to appeal to a higher court, reported the Indian Express. “We are definitely going to a higher court,” his lawyer Jonmani Neog said. While Section 323 of the IPC refers to voluntarily causing hurt to a person and can imprison a person found guilty up to one year, Section 506 of the IPC deals with criminal intimidation.
The singer has been in the limelight since long and has been no stranger to controversies. Earlier this year, as per the report by ANI, Garg had to apologise, a day after he ticked off an Army officer at the New Delhi airport for objecting to his wearing an Army cap with the force’s insignia on it.