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Petition Challenging Clean Chit to Adityanath Dismissed

A criminal case against the Uttar Pradesh CM concerning an incident in 1999 was dismissed by the Allahabad high court.

Allahabad: The Allahabad high court on Friday rejected a petition challenging the dismissal of a criminal case against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath in an incident dating back to 1999 when he was the MP of Gorakhpur.

After hearing the concerned parties, justice Saumitra Dayal Singh dismissed the revision petition filed by Talat Aziz, a Samajwadi Party leader.

In the petition it was alleged that a meeting was held by Aziz in Mahrajganj on February 10, 1999 and Adityanath’s arrival at the venue led to clashes.

In the ensuing violence, a police head constable Satya Prakash, who was the security guard of Aziz allegedly died due to gun shot injuries. Subsequently, an FIR was lodged by Aziz at Kotwali Mahrajganj police station against Adityanath and several unnamed persons.

Similarly, the then SHO Kotwali Mahrajganj B.K. Srivastava also lodged an FIR naming Adityanath and 21 others under section 307 (attempt to murder), section 153A and other sections of Indian Penal Code.

A third FIR was then lodged by Adityanath alleging that he was attacked by Aziz and his aides.

Subsequently, the case was handed over to CBCID, which closed the matter by submitting its final report.

An aggrieved Aziz challenged the CBCID report and filed a protest petition before additional chief judicial magistrate of Mahrajganj. The petition was treated as a criminal complaint case.

However, the magistrate on March 13, 2018 dismissed the case.

Aziz again challenged the judgment before the high court by filing the present criminal revision petition, which also has been dismissed.

(PTI)