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CID probing Uma firing, HC told

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 02:52 IST

THE STATE government on Wednesday told the MP High Court here that the CID was investigating whether Bharatiya Janshakti chief Uma Bharti fired at Shankar Pratap Singh during the by-poll in Bada Malehra assembly constituency in October last year.

Also, it said in its reply to the notice on the writ petition of Uma, the department was looking into the complaints that fake cases were lodged against her and few others during the by-polls.

Deputy Advocate General Sanjay K Agrawal filed the government reply.  On CBI behalf, Assistant Solicitor General of India Dharmendra Sharma submitted that as the State government was investigating, there was no need to conduct a probe through the Central Bureau of Investigation. However, he said if the court passes an order then the CBI will undertake the investigation.

Justice AK Shrivastava adjourned the hearing for one week after the petitioner’s counsel Pratul Shandilya sought time to make submissions over the State government reply.

On December 8, the court had served notices on the State government and the CBI during preliminary hearing of the petition filed by Bharti and Jaiprakash Tamrakar seeking direction to restrain the police from carrying out investigation into four FIRs lodged in Bhagwa police station of Bada Malhera Assembly constituency against her and party activists on October 30 till a CBI probe is completed.

The petitioners demanded a CBI probe into the incidents in Bada Malehra stating that they have been falsely implicated in the cases and they have little faith in state machinery. 

The Police registered four FIRs based on the complaints of persons, including  Shankar Pratap Singh and Peeru Yadav against Uma and her party activists.

She had demanded the court to direct the CBI to take into possession video recording of the incident available with the police and the media and on the basis of that to file a report in the court.

‘Babri demolition was BJP strategy failure’
THE DEMOLITION of Babri mosque in Ayodhya was not on BJP’s agenda and was the result of failure of party’s strategy, Bhartiya Janshakti chief Uma Bharti said here on Wednesday.

“Demolition of the disputed structure on December six, 1992 was not on BJP’s agenda. Rather, it was the failure of party’s strategy,” she said.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said the BJP’s return to aggressive Hindutva at its recent conclave in Lucknow was aimed at “cheating” the Hindus. The saffron party was never sincere on constructing a Ram temple, she said.