July 19, 2009 3:28:28 pm
The Uttar Pradesh Government on Sunday ordered a Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) into ransacking and arson at Uttar Pradesh Congress unit chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi house. “CB-CID would investigate the case,” said state Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh.
Meanwhile,Joshi demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe. “I demand a CBI probe into the incident that occurred at my house in Lucknow. The party has also demanded it because it is a state-sponsored crime,” Joshi said. “The police burned down my house. It is for sure that this involved government hand with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati”s consent. I have no hope of justice from the Uttar Pradesh Government,” she added.
Joshi,who is expected to meet Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi,said: “The party is extremely concerned about my safety. They were extremely agitated about the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.” Joshi was released from a Moradabad jail on Saturday. She had made some derogatory remarks against Mayawati at a public meeting,and was arrested in Ghaziabad on Wednesday night while she was on her way to Delhi.
She was booked under 153 A (delivering inflammatory speeches) and Section 109 of IPC (using abusive language) besides under provisions of SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act.
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