A Barabanki court Tuesday sent former Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Ram Sagar Rawat in 14-day judicial custody for allegedly burning the effigy of former chief minister Mayawati during a protest in Asandara area in 2008.
Earlier,the court had issued non-bailable warrants against Rawat after he did not appear before the court despite several summons.
Sagar,64,is four-time MP and MLA thrice.
His son,Ram Magan Rawat,sitting MLA from Haidergarh seat in Barabanki,is also an accused in the case.
Rawats lawyer Jagat Bahadur Singh said the former MP appeared before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Humayun Rasheed Khan and was sent to 14-day judicial custody.
He said five more accused in the case have been sent to judicial custody. Prosecuting officer Manmeet Suri said Rawat didnt move any bail application.
On October 27,2008,some people burnt Mayawatis effigy at Nai Basti crossing in protest against her alleged misrule. The police filed the charge-sheet against 34 people on various charges,including violation of Section 144.
Magan said at the time of protest,neither he nor his father held any public post,adding the protest was held on the direction of SP leaders.