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HC re-issues notice in rioting case

MP HIGH Court here today re-issued notice to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and two others when no counsel surprisingly appeared on his behalf in the court during hearing of a petition seeking direction to re-open trial against him and others for allegedly rioting in district Raisen in 1996.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:13 IST

MP HIGH Court here today re-issued notice to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and two others when no counsel surprisingly appeared on his behalf in the court during hearing of a petition seeking direction to re-open trial against him and others for allegedly rioting in district Raisen in 1996.

On April 26, the HC had served notices on CM and others and posted the hearing for today. Justice Manjusha Namjoshi ordered for issuance of fresh notice to the Chief Minister.

The petitioner, Siddhartha Gupta, today submitted a reply to the State Government objections — including the one on his locus standi — to file criminal revision petition. The petitioner submitted that being a citizen he held a right to file the criminal revision petition, particularly when the prosecution had failed to do its duty honestly.

The petitioner further stated that the society at large was affected by the crime in which the CM and others were involved and not an individual.

The Raisen police in 1996 had registered a criminal case against Chauhan and 18 others for rioting that taken place near the office of divisional forest officer Gauharganj where the BJP workers led by Chouhan staged a road blockade and held demonstration that allegedly turned violent.