Uttar Pradesh government denies permission to prosecute CM Yogi Adityanath for 2007 riots
UP Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed the Allahabad High Court, on Tuesday, that the Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda has denied the permission last week.
UP Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar informed the Allahabad High Court, on Tuesday, that the Principal Secretary (Home) Debashish Panda has denied the permission last week. A video recording of the purported hate speech of Adityanath was the main evidence in the matter. “A report has been given to us by the forensic lab of the CBI which says the CD is totally tampered and doctored. The entire case was based on the CD which has been found to be heavily tampered with. This is what we have told the court today,” Bhatnagar told ET. This comes as a major relief to the Chief Minister.
Adityanath had once broken down in Parliament saying wrong allegations had been made against him for triggering riots in Gorakhpur in 2007. The matter of the hate speech booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code could be tried only after prosecution sanction from the state government. A victim of the 2007 riots, Parvez Parwaz had approached the Allahabad High Court complaining of an inordinate delay in deciding upon the sanction in the present case and voicing concern that the accused named in the FIR lodged by him (Adityanath) was now the Chief Minister of the state.
The CB-CID, which took over the probe in 2013, completed the investigation in 2015 and sought permission to prosecute Adityanath. Parwaz’s FIR was lodged after court intervention in 2008. The former Akhilesh Yadav government did not take a decision on the sanction. The decision was still pending as on April 28 this year when the Allahabad High Court had heard the matter and sought UP Government’s stand on the issue. The court has then expressed its concern saying the alleged incident dated back to 2007 when communal riots broke out in Gorakhpur claiming many lives and said it was a “crime against the society and the persons responsible for it have to be brought to book.”