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Veteran actor and Congress leader Raj Babbar has been sentenced to two years in prison by the court for a case from 1996 that involves him assaulting a polling officer. The news came earlier this evening and as per reports, the actor was present in the court when his verdict in the case was announced.


The polling officer had filed an FIR against Raj Babbar at the Wazirganj police station for assaulting him during an election in May 1996. Babbar was contesting elections for Samajwadi Party at the time. The name of the officer who was assaulted by Babbar is Shri Krishna Singh Rana and in the report that was filed against many people including Babbar and Arvind Yadav, it is said that Babbar suddenly entered the polling place along with his supporters and after that he assaulted the staff present there while also affecting the voting process.


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The court has convicted Babbar for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from performing his duty and three other offences. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 8,500 on the actor.

As an actor, Babbar worked predominantly in Hindi and Punjabi films and made his film debut with the 1977 film Kissa Kursi Ka. He worked actively in Bollywood in the ’80s and ’90s, and post that he did several supporting roles in Hindi films. His last big screen outing was in 2016 with the John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Force 2. Last year, he was seen in the web series Bekaraar as well.


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As for his political career, Babbar joined Janata Dal in 1989. Later he joined Samajwadi Party and was elected as a Member of the Parliament of India three times from there. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 1999. After getting suspended from the party in 2006, he joined Indian National Congress in 2008 and has been associated to the party since.

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