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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 SC bench was hearing an appeal filed against the Allahabad High Court’s dismissal of a petition that had sought a CBI inquiry into Adityanath’s role in the 2007 Gorakhpur riots.

In a notice issued to the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday, the Supreme Court asked why Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007. 

The SC bench was hearing an appeal filed against the Allahabad High Court’s dismissal of a petition that had sought a CBI inquiry into Adityanath’s role in the 2007 Gorakhpur riots.

In May 2017, the Uttar Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Adityanath informed Allahabad High Court that it had refused sanction for the prosecution of Adityanath himself, as the CD containing video of the speech was tampered with, The Indian Express reported. The HC bench was hearing a petition filed by Parvez Parvaz, a former journalist, activist and complainant in one of the FIRs lodged after the 2007 incident.

Adityanath allegedly made the speech in Gorakhpur on January 27, 2007, a day after a clash between two groups during a Muharram procession led to the death of one Raj Kumar Agrahari.

Although Adityanath was ordered not to enter the area, he defied curfew and delivered the alleged speech in which he sought “revenge” for the death of Agrahari. This led to his arrest and his supporters caused further unrest, burning mosques, houses and trains.

UP police initially turned away petitioner Parvez Parvaz who was trying to lodge an FIR in the case. On September 26, 2008, the Allahabad HC intervened after which the Cantonment police station filed the FIR against Adityanath.

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