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UP justifies not prosecuting Yogi in hate speech case

March 26, 2019 06:14 AM

courtesy HT MARCH 26

UP justifies not prosecuting Yogi in hate speech case
NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government has defended the Allahabad High Court’s order upholding the state government’s decision to decline sanction to prosecute chief minister Yogi Adityanath in a 12-year-old hate speech case.

The state justified the move before the Supreme Court, saying it was based on an opinion given by the law ministry. The video, based on which the complaint was filed was tampered with, read the UP government’s affidavit. “After analysing complete records and in the light of the legal opinion received, the Home Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh reached the decision that there is no justification to grant sanction for prosecution. Accordingly, the CB-CID [crime branch-criminal investigation department] closed the matter,” stated the affidavit that was filed last month

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