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Rioting case: speaker, ministers get reprieve till next week

india Updated: Apr 10, 2007 21:18 IST

The District & Sessions Judge Sharad Shrivastava on Tuesday stayed till April 16 the proceedings of September 1984 rioting case against Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi, Minister of State for Fisheries Moti Kashyap, Jugal Kishore Gupta and four others.

With this, the proceedings against the three in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate JM Rajeev Karmahe has also been stayed till that day.

The CJM had on Monday framed charges against Rohani, Vishnoi, Kashyap and others, after rejecting the state government plea for withdrawal of cases against them. The CJM was scheduled to record the evidence in connection with the case from April 16.

The prosecution pressed to stay the proceedings on grounds that the case fell within the category of petty offence and therefore the government has decided to withdraw it.

Further, the prosecution told the court that the accused were part of a political procession taken out in public interest, and Rohani, Vishnoi and Kashyap are holding constitutional posts and are engaged in development works.

The district and sessions judge granted the stay after hearing the prosecution counsel on the state's revision application against the CJM order of April 5 rejecting the government application to withdraw the case.

Advocate Vijay Tiwari appearing for Jugal Kishore Gupta sought two days' time to file reply to the state's revision application, but the court turned down the plea with observation that before deciding on the revision application it would like to hear the three accused for whom no one appeared on Tuesday.