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Cases against terror accused: SC agrees to examine appeal by UP govt

The HC had held that all the 19 persons were charged under Central laws like the Passport Act and Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2014 1:08 pm

The Suprme Court on Friday agreed to examine an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government against a High Court order, quashing its decision to withdraw cases against 19 persons accused of terror charges.

A bench, led by Justice H L Dattu, issued notice to the petitioner in the High Court, on whose plea the latter had rejected the decision of the state government to withdraw criminal cases against 19 persons facing terror charges in connection with the serial blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad.

This had come as a big set back to the ruling Samajwadi Party ahead of the 2014 parliament elections, as it had promised in its election manifesto for the March 2012 assembly elections, the withdrawal of cases against all innocent Muslims lodged in different jails of the state.

The High Court had held that all the 19 persons were charged under Central laws like the Passport Act and Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act, and hence the state government cannot withdraw the criminal cases against them without getting prior sanction from the Centre. The court had added that even if the sanction is granted by the Centre, the cases cannot be withdrawn without the approval of the designated court.

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  1. K
    Aug 29, 2014 at 8:51 am
    Whether the muslim community ( i mean those who always crib about bad treatment to muslims) has anything to say about the killing of syrian soldiers by IS? They cannot always think of their rights only(which are ample,unimaginable anywhere else in the world including the self appointed watch dog US) and look the otherway when not convenient
    1. Purna Varma
      Aug 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm
      I hope the reporters also expose the current charges on the 19 muzzies which If I am not inolves a network or group with a jihadist mindset. It is best left with ahe court to deal with the case. UP state and Intel should be praised for their excellant work in solving the case.
      1. C
        Aug 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm
        This shows how our politicians are hand in glove with criminals for the sake of votes and power. Otherwise why should they interfere in judiciary let the courts take their decisions as per the evidence and punish the culprits as per law. The promise of lifting the cases against a particular group, particular partition in a movement is not a right thing for the maintenance of law and order and morale of the law enforcement guys and definitely is not good for the nation/society. Jaihind