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2013 assault case: Singer Zubeen Garg told to pay Rs 50,000 bond

The Assamese musician was also directed to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 to the victim Ayan Borbora, then a minor, who was allegedly assaulted for ‘smoking in public’

Jayanta K Goswami

Jayanta K Goswami

Guwahati: Assam singing sensation Zubeen Garg was on Friday told to pay a fine of Rs 20,000 to the victim, then a minor, in a 2013 assault and criminal intimidation case.

Upholding the decision of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) of Kamrup (Metro), the additional district and sessions judge I of Kamrup (Metro) further directed Garg to sign a bond of Rs 50,000 on The Probation of Offenders Act.

Earlier in 2017, in a major setback, the Ya Ali singer was slapped with a fine of Rs 5,000 and was sentenced to six months' rigorous imprisonment in the case (bearing no 263/17 & 267/17).

The incident happened in 2013 when Garg was accused of allegedly assaulting Ayan Borbora, then a minor, for smoking in public. Ayan is the son of senior advocate and leading social activist Arup Borbora, and grandson of former Assam chief minister Golap Borbora.

Borbora had lodged an 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 was against the laws that protect the rights of a minor.

The singer was charged with assault and criminal intimidation under Sec-323, 341 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code. He was, however, relieved of Sec-341.