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12-year trial ends with Rs 500 fine on gambler

After 12 years of trial, a court has convicted a man for gambling after he pleaded guilty and slapped a fine of Rs 500 on him.

Metropolitan Magistrate Arvind Bansal, in an order pronounced on Wednesday, held Anwar Malik guilty of gambling in a public place.

‘Accused Anwar Malik submitted that he wants to plead guilty for the offence with which he had been charged,’ the court said in the order sheet made available on Thursday.

The court observed that the accused pleaded guilty voluntarily under the Public Gambling Act.

‘The court is of the considered opinion that the interest of justice would be met if the convict is sentenced to pay fine of Rs 500,’ said Magistrate Bansal.

According to the prosecution, Malik was found gambling in central Delhi’s Hauz Qazi area on 4 Nov ember 2000 and arrested.

The court framed charges under the Public Gambling Act on 29 May 2004. Malik then denied charges and claimed trial. However, on Wednesday he pleaded guilty of the offence.
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