Yogi Adityanath

HC quashes plea to prosecute UP CM in rioting case

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Lucknow : In a big relief to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking permission to prosecute him in a 2007 rioting case.

The plea was filed by Rashid Khan who alleged that Adityanath, then the Lok Sabha Member from Gorakhpur, incited a mob into vandalising a ‘mazaar’ belonging to Muslims.

Advocate General Raghvendra Singh challenged the maintainability of the plea, saying as the police has filed a chargesheet, the petitioner has no right to file a case.

Earlier, the additional chief judicial magistrate court had taken cognizance of the chargesheet and dismissed the case. Following this, the petitioner approached the High Court.

On December 2017, Justice V.K. Narayan heard the petition and reserved the order which was finally pronounced on Thursday.

—IANS

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