Allahabad HC dismisses petition seeking CBI probe into Yogi Adityanath's involvement in 2007 Gorakhpur riots

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday dismissed a writ petition which sought a CBI probe into Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's involvement in 2007 Gorakhpur riots case, media reports said. A division bench, led by Justices Krishna Murari and AC Sharma, delivered the verdict after finding no discrepancies in the investigation by the police, News 18 reported. The petition had demanded a probe under sections 302, 307, 153A, 395 and 295 of the IPC, which pertain to murder and rioting.

According to The Indian Express, the petition was filed in November 2008 by Mohammad Asad Hayat and Parvez, who 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.

File image of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

File image of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. PTI

The report mentioned the other accused who were named in the FIR: MLA Radha Mohan Agarwal, mayor Anju Chaudhri and another person. Adityanath, who was the then Gorakhpur MP, was arrested for disrupting peace and violating prohibitory orders and was remanded to police custody for 11 days.

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. Earlier, after hearing counsel for the petitioner, the court had reserved its judgment on 18 December, 2017, a Times of India report said.


Updated Date: Feb 22, 2018 16:29 PM

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