On Thursday, Allahabad High Court dismissed a petition challenging an order that refused sanction to prosecute chief minister Yogi Adityanath in relation to the 2007 Gorakhpur riots. The petition filed by Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat had also sought the probe to be handed over to an independent agency, like the Central Bureau of Investigation, because the state was “deliberately delaying and impeding investigation”.
Yogi Adityanath, then mayor of Gorakhpur, was one of the accused in this case. A division bench, comprising Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Akhilesh Chandra Sharma, on Thursday dismissed the plea.
The petitioners had last year, through their counsel S Farman Naqvi, challenged the state government’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute Adityanath.
According to The Indian Express, the petition said a hate speech by the chief minister had triggered the riots in which one person was killed. Parwaz was a resident of Gorakhpur and had filed an FIR in connection with the riots and Hayat was a witness in the case.
The Allahabad HC bench said, “In the facts and circumstances discussed, we find no material irregularities in holding an investigation and state government’s refusal to grant sanction to prosecute Yogi Adityanath. Therefore, the writ petition has hereby dismissed. No cost has been imposed.”