Setting aside the judgment of a lower court, the district court of Rampur on Saturday allowed the appeal of MoS for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, quashing the sentence of one year imprisonment in a case relating to a protest outside a police station during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Naqvi was sentenced along with 18 other accused by a Rampur court on January 13 this year. He was granted bail the same day.
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District government counsel (DGC), Rampur, Irfan Khan said, “District and Sessions Judge Pradeep Kumar today allowed the appeal of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and quashed the lower court judgment.” Naqvi was present in the court. The DGC added that the next course of action will be taken after going through the court order.
According to the prosecution, the case was registered against Naqvi and others after the Rampur police seized a vehicle during the 2009 Lok Sabha poll campaigning on charges of not seeking permission for canvassing. The BJP leader staged a protest at the Patawi police station later.