Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker Suresh Yadav, who was allegedly beaten up by Baihar police station personnel on September 25, filed an application before the Madhya Pradesh High Court in Jabalpur seeking his inclusion as a respondent in the public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the matter.
The HC division bench, which heard the PIL on Wednesday filed by Democratic Lawyers Association chief OP Yadav, adjourned the hearing till November 3.
OP Yadav has demanded a CBI probe into the cases registered at Baihar police station in Balaghat pertaining to beating of the RSS pracharak.
Senior advocate RN Singh, who appeared for the RSS worker, said the applicant (Suresh Yadav) is the affected person and he should be included as a respondent in the PIL.
Singh said the HC wanted to go through the detailed reply filed by the state government on the PIL, before deciding on Yadav’s application.The petitioner’s counsels, Vasant Daniel and Ravindra Gupta, said the state in its reply had raised objection that the petitioner had no locus standi to file the PIL.
On October 17, the court — during a hearing of the PIL — issued notices to the state government, the National Human Rights Commission
(NHRC), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the state director general of police and the Balaghat superintendent of police. The NHRC and the CBI are yet to file the reply.
Yadav was taken into custody on September 25 after an FIR was lodged against him by a member of a minority community for allegedly posting communally sensitive comments on Whatsapp. It led to Yadav’s hospitalisation, suspension of and FIR against 10 police personnel and home guards and shifting of two IPS officers.