Setting aside judgment of the lower court, the district court of Rampur on Saturday allowed the appeal filed by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, quashing the sentence of one-year imprisonment in a case related to a protest outside a police station during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Naqvi was sentenced along with 18 other accused by the local court of Rampur on January 13 earlier this year. He was granted bail on the same day.
District Government Counsel (DGC), Rampur, Irfan Khan said: “District and Sessions Judge Pradeep Kumar Saturday allowed the appeal of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and quashed the lower court judgment.”
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Naqvi was present in the court when the court passed the order on Saturday.
DGC added that the next course of action on court’s decision will be taken after going through its full order.
According to the prosecution, a case was registered against Naqvi and others after the Rampur police seized a vehicle during 2009 Lok Sabha poll campaign on charges of not seeking permission from the district administration for canvassing. The BJP leader later staged a protest at the Patawi police station.
On January 14, the lower court sentenced the accused under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly ), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 7 of Criminal Law Amendment Act. The court had acquitted the accused under section 188 of IPC (disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant).
Defence lawyer Shyam Lal said they had filed an appeal against the lower court judgment in February.