A 26-year-old resident of Navi Mumbai in the district has been sentenced by a court to three years simple imprisonment for assaulting a shopkeeper.
Thane Additional Sessions Judge A S Jadhav pronounced Navi Mumbai resident Niteen Navle guilty and ordered the jail term in a recent order.
Additional Public Prosecutor Prakash Pujari told the court that Niteen Navle had borrowed Rs. 20 lakh from the victim Kishore Patil (42) who operated an eatery in Ghansoli in the district.
Patil gave him a cheque of Rs. 20 lakh. However, he stopped the cheque payment after he developed doubts that Navle might not return the money, he said.
Navle, who was enraged after Patil changed his mind, went to his shop on July 14, 2012, where a fight broke out between the two. Navle then attacked the victim with a sharp-edged weapon, he said.
A complaint was lodged by Patil’s daughter, who used to assist him in the shop, following which a case was registered under relevant sections of IPC, Arms Act and Bombay Police Act, he said.
The court observed that there was no evidence against Navle under Arms Act and Bombay Police Act. However, he was convicted under section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC.
The judge also imposed a fine of Rs. 1,000 on Navle.