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Activist Who Lodged Hate-Speech Case Against Adityanath Arrested On Rape Charges, Colleagues Decry Political Pressure

The police had closed the case against Parwaz after investigating it in June, however, it was reopened.

Activist Parvez Parwaz, a co-petitioner in the hate speech case against Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping a woman. Parwaz was arrested late on September 25, hours before his petition seeking protection from the arrest was to be heard by the Allahabad High Court.

The gang-rape case against him was filed in June. After investigating the complaint, Uttar Pradesh police had closed the case. However, it was reopened this month, after the police claimed to have found fresh evidence, reported The Hindu. 

Activist and advocate Asad Hayat, also a co-petitioner in the hate speech case,said that Parwaz was being falsely implicated under political pressure as the complaint against him had already been expunged.Parwaz himself had said in a Facebook post in August that the police might arrest him by reopening the case. 

Also read: SC Asks UP Govt Why Chief Minister Adityanath Should Not Be Prosecuted For 2007 Hate Speech Where He Sought ‘Revenge’ For A Hindu Man’s Death

“The police had already expunged the case and submitted a final report but they still reopened the case. The arrest came a day before the petition for stay on the arrest was to come up in the Allahabad High Court,” HayattoldThe Hindu.

Parwaz had filed first information report (FIR) against Adityanath, then parliamentarian from Gorakhpur,for an alleged hate-speech deliveredin2007, which was followed by the theGorakhpur communal riots that claimed at least ten lives. 

In May last year, after coming to power, Adityanath government refused sanction for the prosecution of the case against Adityanath. In February this year, the High Court dismissed the writ petition seeking an independent probe in the case and upheld Adityanath government’s decision. Parwaz then challenged HC’s order in the Supreme Court. On August 20, the apex court issued a notice to the UP government to respond within four weeks.

Also read: 58 MPs, MLAs Have Declared Hate Speech Cases, BJP Leads With 27: ADR

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