The UP government has denied permission to prosecute the current CM Aditya Nath for the Gorakhpur riots back in 2007, in which he is accused of making a hate speech. Chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar appeared before the panel comprising of chief justice Umesh Chandra Srivastava and chief justice Ramesh Sinha to file an affidavit for the same.
Chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar appeared before the panel comprising of chief justice Umesh Chandra Srivastava and chief justice Ramesh Sinha to file an affidavit for the same.
The court has summoned the chief secretary today to provide an explanation for the delay in the prosecution of the five people in the 2007 riots case.
Mr. Bhatnagar explained the decision of the yogi government stating that a forensic examination of the CD of the alleged hate speech was found to tampered.
The petitioners Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hyat ( who is also a key witness in the case) has said that they will challenge the government’s move.
“The person against whom sanction for prosecution has been granted by the state government has himself become the head of the state.” SFA Naqwi, the petitioner’s counsel argued, in response to an affidavit filed by the B-CID wherein it was stated that sanction to prosecute all those accused, including yogi Aditya Nath has been granted under Section 153A.
What Happened At The Riots!
On 26th January 2007, a Hindu youth Raj Kumar Agrahari was hospitalized – and later succumbed to his injured- owing to a clash in the Muharram procession. Yogi Aditya Nath, (then Gorakhpur MP), was advised by the DM to not visit the area as it would further the tension. He initially agreed to it, but when news of the death of Agrahari reached him, he defied the orders.
He announced a non-violent dharna at the site, but some provocative speeches were made by his followers that led to worsening of the condition. The situation deteriorated to such an extent that local police had to impose a curfew, but yogi broke that too. Following that he was arrested by the police and kept in the cell for a fortnight.This finally escalated to a full-fledged riot across Gorakhpur. At least ten people lost their lives.