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Uttar Pradesh government denies Allahabad High Court permission to prosecute Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh's Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed the court of the home department's decision to deny permission for the prosecution of the chief minister.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 11, 2017 6:35 pm
Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed the court of the home department’s decision to deny permission for the prosecution of the chief minister. (Source: Express Archive)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday denied permission to the Allahabad High Court for prosecuting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a 2007 riots case. Adityanath, who was then an MP from Gorakhpur, is accused of exacerbating tensions in Gorakhpur by making an inflammatory speech.

Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed the court of the home department’s decision to deny permission for the prosecution of the chief minister. The court had sought an explanation from Bhatnagar over the delay in prosecuting the five accused in the riots case, including Adityanath.

News channel NDTV reported that Bhatnagar, explaining the government’s stand, informed the court that forensic examination of the CD of Adityanath’s alleged hate speech revealed that it has been tampered with.

The petitioners who had earlier moved the court seeking an independent investigation in the case, said that they would challenge the government’s move. Earlier, the petitioners, Pervez Parwaz and Asad Hyat, told the court that “the person against whom sanction for prosecution has been granted by the state government has himself become the head of the state.” Adityanath currently holds the home ministry portfolio.

“We challenged the state government’s stand and submitted before the court that the chief secretary happens to be a subordinate of the chief minister, who is himself an accused. The refusal to grant sanction tantamount to an accused declining to prosecute himself, which has no parallel in the
world,” the petitioners’ counsel S F A Naqvi told PTI.

He said “we also pointed out that Yogi Adityanath has himself, in an interview to a private news channel, which is available on YouTube, admitted to having made the incendiary speeches for which he has been named in the FIR lodged at Gorakhpur. We requested that the court summon the video recording to get a first-hand impression.”

“The court responded to our submission by asking the state government to file an affidavit on the next date of hearing explaining why a recording of the said interview not be summoned,” he said.

“We also sought permission to file an application challenging the state government’s order refusing to the grant sanction for prosecuting Yogi Adityanath. The court gave permission to do so by the next date of hearing on July 7,” the counsel added.

In 2007, after the death of a youth injured in communal clashes, Adityanath violated the District Magistrate order that barred him from entering Gorakhpur. His alleged hate speech led to a fresh round of communal violence. After Adityanath broke the curfew imposed in light of the violence, he was placed under arrest and lodged in jail for 15 days. Tensions escalated after his arrest and 10 people were killed in the ensuing violence.

 

 

 

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    bitterhoney
    May 12, 2017 at 6:00 am
    Justice system of Hindu religion. This is the reason why foreign rulers were welcomed in India. There was no justice, large section of people were oppressed by high caste Brahmins, still they are denied entry into temples.
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      Ravi
      May 12, 2017 at 4:57 am
      When Fools Rule using Religion as a Tool then what will be the fate of country. We will see same result as we saw because of Taleban rule in Afghanistan. It is the beginning of the end of this country if religious Fanatics and zealots are not kicked out of power to save the 70 years of development. How easily masses can be fooled using religious sentiment that they even don't think what will be the future of the country and generations due to political greed and lust of power hungry men who see power ahead of country.
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        ak dev
        May 12, 2017 at 5:21 am
        future of the country is bright but your future looks bleak. So what you wll do now? join naxals!
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          bitterhoney
          May 12, 2017 at 6:07 am
          barbadiye gulishan ki khatir bus ek hi ullu kafi tha (yahan to) her shakh pe ullu baitha hai anjam-e gulistan kya hoga?
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          Roshan
          May 12, 2017 at 4:17 am
          These guys are making out India as a country to be a big joke/
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            MyTake
            May 12, 2017 at 1:14 am
            Many sickulars are doing much worse work. Prosecuted them. Bring any best of the best 10 sickulars and say with all honesty if they together has done anything better than what Yogi alone is doing. This in fact is the reason they are fighting because they can't do any work under daylight and with all fairness. Their business has been badly affected and the glorious days are gone!
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              An Observer
              May 12, 2017 at 1:04 am
              A man who is putting corrupt people and the criminals behind the bars will always be disturbed by these idi ts and corrupt people who do not want Indians to progress. Those pi'gs always try to disturb the peace of the society and the speed of the growth. hamesha dharm ko age layenge aur dusron ko preshan karenge. Shame on these pi’gs.
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