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SC rejects plea to cancel Raja Bhaiya'a bail

Shukla, himself a witness in the case had alleged that witnesses in the case were being threatened by Raja Bhaiya.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 22:08 IST

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of bail granted to Uttar Pradesh Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya by a Madhya Pradesh court in a POTA case.

Declining to entertain a petition in this regard, a bench comprising Justice BN Agrawal and Justice AK Mathur asked petitioner Avdesh Kumar Shukla to approach the trial court with his grievance.

Shukla, himself a witness in the case had alleged that witnesses in the case were being threatened by Raja Bhaiya after he was enlarged on bail.

The case against Raja Bhaiya was shifted to a special court in Jabalpur from a Kanpur Court by the Supreme Court in November last as the family members of Shukla who are witnesses in the POTA case had alleged that they were threatened by the controversial MLA.

The apex court had also struck down the decision of Mulayam Singh Yadav of withdrawing POTA charges against him and his father Uday Pratap Singh and cousin Akshay Pratap Singh, who was elected as MP later.

Following the verdict, Raja Bhaiya had to resign from the state Cabinet as the court had asked him to surrender before the concerned court.

After securing bail, he was once again given a ministerial berth in UP Government as Food and Civil Supplies Minister.

The Mayawati Government had in April, 2003 slapped POTA against them after they were arrested along with arms and ammunition, including AK-47, AK-56 rifles, carbines and other sophisticated weapons.

However, after Mulayam Singh assumed power, the charges under POTA were withdrawn.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 22:08 IST