BJP general secretary and UP in-charge Amit Shah Thursday withdrew his petition seeking a stay on arrest and quashing of FIRs registered in connection with the alleged hate speech made by him in Muzaffarnagar.
The court allowed the petition to be withdrawn after his counsel Shamit Gopal made a request. Gopal forwarded the application before the division bench of Justices Arun Tandon and Satish Chandra, seeking withdrawal of the petition. “The court listened to our request and dismissed it as withdrawn,” said Gopal. According to Gopal, his client decided to withdraw the plea after the EC issued a notice to him in connection with the same case Wednesday, after the petition was already filed in the Allahabad High Court.
“Our submission before the court was that since the EC has taken cognizance of the same and issued notice, it would not be proper to pursue the same matter at two places. We will abide by the rules of the commission, which will itself take a decision on the allegations. Under such circumstances, we did not think it proper to request the high court to interfere in the matter,” said Gopal.
The court had Wednesday directed the EC and the state government to ensure CDs of the alleged hate speech were presented before it by Thursday. Shah had approached the HC seeking stay on arrest and quashing of the FIRs, registered against him in Bijnore and Shamli districts on April 6. The plea was filed a day before western UP, including Muzaffarnagar, went to polls in the third phase.