Gorakhpur riots: plea against UP CM rejected

Gorakhpur riots: plea against UP CM rejected

The Allahabad high court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition challenging refusal to grant sanction to prosecute Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur riot case of 2007.

Adityanath had got a relief from the high court in February when it had dismissed a petition seeking to file a criminal case against him in connection with the riots.

"This is a hopelessly disappointing judgement and the findings are illegal and contrary to facts". "We have video tapes his speeches and sufficient material ground to file review petition in the Supreme Court", he said.

Additional Advocate General Manish Goel told the court that there was no ground on which the prosecution of Adityanath could be sought.

The UP government had, in May past year, refused to allow the accused - five-time Gorakhpur MP and now UP CM Yogi Adityanath and four others - to be prosecuted for inciting communal violence on grounds that the CD, which was presented since 2008 as primary evidence of the hate speech, had been "tampered" with.

Following his arrest, his supporters from the Hindu Yuva Vahini, an extremist Hindu youth group, founded by Adityanath, ransacked public property and torched a train compartment reserved for the physically challenged in Krishi Express.

The case was probed by the CB-CID of the state police and in 2013 inferred that the voice samples from the speech in question were indeed of Yogi Adityanath.

In the FIR filed at Cantonment police station of Gorakhpur, it was alleged that Yogi, the then mayor of Gorakhpur Anju Chaudhri, then MLA Radha Mohan Agarwal and another person had incited communal violence and riots in Gorakhpur.

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