MP HC seeks records in arms recovery case
THE MADHYA Pradesh High Court today sought records of the much-talked weapon recovery case in which a POTA court here had exonerated UP Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh and his cousin Akshay Pratap Singh, MP from Pratapgarh, on June 2.
The division bench of the high court comprising Justice SS Jha and Justice Manjusha Namjoshi issued the directive while hearing an appeal of Awadhesh Pratap Shukla challenging the designated POTA court’s order.
In his appeal, Shukla has pointed an accusing finger at the prosecution agency and the UP Government for the manner in which Raghuraj, his cousin and father Uday Pratap Singh were tried.
He has stated that the policemen who witnessed the arms seizure from the minister’s house, turned hostile during the POTA court hearing due to pressure.
Besides, the UP government machinery threatened the witnesses into making false testimonies, he said. On June 2, POTA Court Judge RC Mishra here had absolved Raghuraj and Akshay of charges after finding no evidences against them. It, however, convicted Uday Pratap Singh with five years rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000 on him.
Raghuraj, Uday Pratap Singh and Akshay had been tried here under section 25 of Arms Act and section 3/4 of POTA, following the apex court order of November 10 last.
Under Mayawati’s rule, the police had claimed to have seized a Chinese made AK 56 rifle, some cartridges, magazines and a cache of explosives from the residence of Uday Pratap Singh (75) at Bhadri in January 2003. Following this, charges under Arms Act and POTA were framed against Raghuraj, his father and cousin.