POTA ?misuse?: Kunda MLA to move court
Avoiding to crticise or make a direct comment against arch political rival Mayawati, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, today said that he would go to court for prosecution of those who conspired to send him to jail under the POTA.india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 01:12 IST
Avoiding to crticise or make a direct comment against arch political rival Mayawati, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya, today said that he would go to court for prosecution of those who conspired to send him to jail under the POTA.
Talking to reporters here on Sunday, Raja Bhaiyya said there were provisions with the POTA to punish those who misused it and he would move court to initiate legal action against those who were behind the deep-rooted conspiracy to send him to jail on the basis of fabricated charges under the POTA.Raja Bhaiyya said he would move the High Court to seek justice for his father, who had been awarded five-year term. He claimed that each and every FIR lodged against him was manipulated to nail him in fabricated and fake cases for political reasons and this was evident by the judgment of the Jabalpur court which had given him a clean chit.
“Who would return valuable 19 months of my life which I passed in jail” he asked, adding that somebody had to take the responsibility of sending him to jail under dreaded POTA for no fault of his.
The minister said that he had launched a campaign against the ‘minority government’ of the then chief minister Mayawati in 2002 as it was people’s war against the government. The Samajwadi Party workers came on roads to dislodge the Mayawati government.
Raja Bhaiyya said he was sent to jail in November 2002 for opposing the then government in a democratic manner and later POTA was slapped on him, his father and cousin Akshaya.It was a another story that even the review committee as well as the Supreme Court later observed that he was wrongly arrested under the POTA, the minister claimed, adding that his father had been found guilty only on technical grounds by the Jabalpur court and he would soon move the HC .The Jabalpur Court judgment was a befitting reply to those who had crticisiced Mulayam Singh for inducting an accused into the Cabinet, he added.
First Published: Jun 05, 2006 01:12 IST