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Malerkotla Quran desecration case: Public prosecutor seeks more time, next hearing on March 3

punjab Updated: Feb 14, 2017 11:02 IST
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Malerkotla Quran desecration case

AAP’s Mehrauli MLA Naresh Yadav (right) coming out of a court in Sangrur on Monday.(HT Photo)

The public prosecutor in the June 24, 2016, Malerkotla Quran desecration case moved an application in a Sangrur court seeking more time for prosecution sanction on Monday.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Mehrauli Naresh Yadav has been booked by the Sangrur police after the alleged mastermind in the case, Vijay Kumar, told the police that the MLA had allegedly offered him Rs 1 crore to burn the pages of holy Quran.

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However, Yadav’s advocate Harpal Singh Cheema said the case holds no ground and the AAP leader was being framed.

Yadav was arrested for his suspected role in the alleged desecration, but in November, the mastermind in the case did a U-turn alleging that police forced him to take the MLA’s name in the case.

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“The state has failed to prove allegations. They are demanding time of file prosecution sanction. The charges are baseless so they are taking time to prove it. The case will come up for hearing on March 3,” said Cheema.

Meanwhile, replying to a question that the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana has given a call to dig the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal from February 23, Yadav said: “The party leadership has already cleared its stand. We will protect Punjab water.”