Allahabad HC dismisses plea to prosecute CM Adityanath in 2007 Gorakhpur riot case
The Allahabad high court said it did not find any procedural irregularity in the order of refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the Yogi Adityanath who was one of the accused in the Gorakhpur riots case.Updated: Feb 22, 2018 23:57 IST
The Allahabad high court dismissed on Thursday a petition challenging an order that refused sanction to prosecute chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a case related to the 2007 Gorakhpur riots.
Adityanath, who was the parliamentarian for Gorakhpur then, was one of the accused in the case.
The court said it did not find any procedural irregularity in the order of refusal to grant sanction to prosecute the accused.
The bench of justices Krishna Murari and Akhilesh Chandra Sharma delivered the judgment on a petition filed by Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat. While Parwaz is a complainant in the FIR registered in 2008, Hayat is a witness in the case.
The petitioners had been seeking an investigation by an independent agency amid fears that the CB-CID, a state government agency probing the case, may not be impartial.
However, even when the petition for an independent inquiry was pending, the state’s principal secretary for the home department refused on May 3 last year prosecution sanction to the investigating agency.
In the FIR lodged at Cantonment police station of Gorakhpur, it was alleged that Yogi, then mayor of Gorakhpur Anju Chaudhri, legislator Radha Mohan Agarwal and another person had incited communal violence and riots in Gorakhpur in January 2007.