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Haryana additional AG quits over charges of aiding accused in Junaid’s killing

Haryana AG quoted additional AG Naveen Kaushik as saying that he had met the counsel to hand over documents related to use of Hindi language in court proceedings.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2017 16:41 IST
HTC & Agencies
HTC & Agencies
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Junaid lynching case:,Haryana additional advocate general,HAryana additional AG resigns
An image of Junaid Khan, who was stabbed to death on board a Mathura-bound train on June 22.(HT File Photo)

Haryana’s additional advocate general has resigned after he was charged with helping a lawyer representing the main accused in the murder of a Muslim man on board a train earlier this year, the state’s top legal officer said.

Naveen Kaushik put in his papers on Wednesday but denied the allegations, advocate general Baldev Raj Mahajan told reporters.

Junaid Khan, 17, was stabbed to death on a train when he was returning to his village Khandawli in Haryana after shopping for Eid in Delhi along with his brothers and cousins. The accused had allegedly directed communal slurs on the Muslim group and assaulted them when Junaid was stabbed.

The incident had sparked countrywide outrage with opposition parties citing it as one among several instances of targeted attack on the Muslim community.

Faridabad’s additional district and sessions judge, YS Rathore, in an interim order on October 25, had reportedly said that Kaushik was assisting the counsel of the main accused, Naresh Kumar, during cross-examination of witnesses.

Kaushik, however, told HT he was in Faridabad on a private visit and was called by the government counsel to the district court for help in translation of some case material.

Mahajan quoted Kaushik as saying that he had met the counsel only to hand over documents related to use of Hindi language in court proceedings. Reports said Kaushik is the organising secretary of Bharatiya Bhasa Abhijan, a lawyers’ body promoting use of Indian languages in court.

“Since he (Kaushik) admitted that he went to the (Faridabad) court and supplied documents to the counsel, I told him that it is a case in which the state is a party and he must tender his resignation,” the AG added.

Mahajan said he has asked the government to accept the resignation.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 16:00 IST