Purulia, May 12 : Veteran politician and Forward Bloc's Lok Sabha member Bir Singh Mahto was today sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment by a local court for a rape case in 1983.
Additional Sessions Judge of Purulia court Subash Chattoraj while delivering judgement on a rape and arson case on Renubala Bhagat of Bagmundi village on Septmber 20,1983 convicted the MP and four others in a packed court amid tight security.
The judge also fined them Rs 10,000 each.
The case initiated on November 20, exactly sixty days after the crime in a drought prone tribal dominated village of Bengal.
After the judgement, the Forward Bloc MP, representing Purulia in the lower house of parliament for two terms, was escorted to a local jail with security.
Advocate Gautam Banerjee, who appeared for the politician, told reporters they would appeal to higher court against the verdict.