Uma moves HC in firing case
FORMER CHIEF minister and Bharatiya Janshakti leader Uma Bharti on Friday appeared in the MP High Court here and submitted through her lawyer a petition seeking CBI inquiry into the Bada Malehra firing incident in which she is an accused. She, and her co-petitioner Jaiprakash Tamrakar, said they were falsely implicated in the ?firing? incident that occurred during the by-elections.india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 02:15 IST
FORMER CHIEF minister and Bharatiya Janshakti leader Uma Bharti on Friday appeared in the MP High Court here and submitted through her lawyer a petition seeking CBI inquiry into the Bada Malehra firing incident in which she is an accused. She, and her co-petitioner Jaiprakash Tamrakar, said they were falsely implicated in the ‘firing’ incident that occurred during the by-elections.
The court issued notices to the State Government and CBI after hearing the petition, asking the respondent to file replies within a month.
Uma Bharti today came to the court with a battery of lawyers led by former advocate general Vivek Tankha. Bharti and Jaiprakash Tamrakar filed the writ petition seeking direction to restrain the police from carrying out investigation into four FIRs lodged in Bhagwa police station of Bada Malehra Assembly constituency against her and party activists on October 30 till the CBI completes the probe.
The petitioners requested a CBI probe into the incidents in Bada Malehra stating that they have been falsely implicated in the cases. The police registered four FIRs on complaints of Shankar Pratap Singh, Peeru Yadav and others against Bharti and her party activists.
Also, she requested the court to ask the CBI to take into possession video recording of the incident available with the police and the media and on basis of it the CBI would file a report in the court.
Tankha contended that the police, under the election code of conduct rules, did video recording of the petitioner’s activities continuously, therefore things would be clear on viewing it.
He said his client sat on dharna after the incident revealing the fact that she was innocent and wanted justice. How can a person after firing gather the courage to protest, he argued.
He argued the court to quash the FIRs filed against Bharti and other persons, contending it was politically motivated. Justice Ajit Singh said the allegation against the petitioner of firing shot from revolver — mentioned in one of four FIRs — is of serious nature and needed to be probed.
State Advocate General R N Singh said that instead of issuing notice on the State Government, let the investigations be completed.
The judge said the State has to file the reply whether the allegations against Bharti in FIR were correct or incorrect. The court served notices on the State Government, the Director General of Police, the Superintendent of Police Chhatarpur, the station house officer Bhagwa and the CBI.