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Yogi Adityanath Can't Be Prosecuted In Riots Case, His Government Tells Court

Yogi Adityanath Can't Be Prosecuted In Riots Case, His Government Tells Court

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called upon citizens to look beyond religion, caste and personal opinion and think about the country's overall development at an event to honour freedom fighters in Meerut on Tuesday.

The riots in Gorakhpur were sparked allegedly after a provocative speech by Adityanath, who is also the head of a powerful local Hindu sect, outside the railway station. They had earlier told the court they were anxious that with Yogi Adityanath now Chief Minister, "the person against whom sanction for prosecution has been granted by the state government has himself become the head of the state".

The case was filed after a 2008 FIR by Parvez Parwaz against the current chief minister.

Earlier, the High Court had summoned the principal secretary and had directed him to bring all documents related to the case.

Advocate General Raghvendra Singh later said: "It has been submitted before the court that the order for sanction has been refused because in October 2014 itself the report by the CFSL had found that the CD, which was the main evidence in the case, was tampered".

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The petitioners have moved the high court seeking an investigation into the case by an independent agency. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to take place on July 7.

Parwaz's counsel sought time to file an application to challenge the refusal of sanction for prosecution.

Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, who appeared before the bench comprising Justices Umesh Chandra Srivastava and Ramesh Sinha, filed an affidavit conveying the government's decision.

To run the show in Uttar Pradesh, while the state BJP government has rejigged bureaucracy twice, many senior positions are lying vacant and the Chief Minister was waiting for these officials to return to roll out the full road map of his government, a close aide of the Chief Minister told IANS.

In January 2007, a young Hindu boy, Raj Kumar Agrahari, was hospitalised following clashes between a group of Hindus and Muslims during a Muharram procession in Gorakhpur.


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