The case related to the Gorakhpur riots of 2007 – when CM Yogi was the local MP.
On Thursday, the UP govt. informed the Allahabad HC that it has refused to grant sanction for the prosecution of CM Yogi Adityanath in a 10 years-old communal riots case.
Affidavit stating that sanction’s been “refused” for prosecuting the CM Adityanath in the case related to Gorakhpur riots of 2007 – when he was local MP- was filed before the Court by Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar.
Chief secretary had been asked to appear before a division bench comprising Justice Ramesh Sinha & Justice Umesh Chandra Srivastavaby an order dated 7th May.
In his affidavit, Rahul Bhatnagar stated that the CB-CID, which has been investigating this case in connection with the riots, has proposed to submit closure report & it’ll be submitted before the trial court.
The petitioners’ counsel SFA Naqvi said that they challenged the UP govt’s stand & also submitted before the court that the Chief Secretary happens to be a subordinate of the CM, who’s himself an accused. “The refusal to grant sanction equivalent to an accused declining to prosecute himself.”
He added that they also pointed out that Yogi Adityanath had himself, in an interview to a news channel, which is available on YouTube, admitted to having made the incendiary speeches for which he’s been named in the FIR lodged at Gorakhpur.
The court gave permission to to file an application challenging the state govt’s order refusing to grant sanction for prosecuting CM Yogi Adityanath by the next date of hearing on 7th July.