May 11, 2017

India: Allahabad High Court wants UP govt to inititate prosecution against accused (including Yogi Adithyanath) in 2007 Gorakhpur communal riots

The Wire

High Court Asks Why UP Government Is Delaying Sanction to Prosecute Adityanath for Hate Speech

New Delhi: The Allahabad high court has come down heavily on the Uttar Pradesh government for unnecessarily delaying its sanction to initiate prosecution against five accused persons, including the newly-appointed chief minister Adityanath, in a case related to the 2007 Gorakhpur communal riots.

In a terse order on May 4, 2017, a two-judge bench comprising Justices Ramesh Sinha and Umesh Chandra Srivastava took strong note of the fact that the state Crime Investigation Department (CID) has been waiting for more than two years now for the required permissions to file a chargesheet in the matter, and directed the UP chief secretary to appear before the court on May 11 with the records of the case and present his explanation. [. . .]  https://thewire.in/134412/adityanath-allahabad-high-court-hate-speech-riot/