Law And Order? Yogi Govt To Withdraw 133 Cases Of Murder, Attempt-To-Murder, Arson & Dacoity Lodged During 2013 Muzaffarnagar Riots; BJP MPs & MLAs Among Accused
Those accused of the crimes are themselves deciding on cases filed against them. Nemo iudex in causa sua?
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sanjeev Balyan and MLA Sangeet Som said that the 133 cases filed in relation to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli will be withdrawn by the party.
The cases include those of murder, attempt to murder, arson, hate speech and dacoity. According to The Indian Express report, local BJP MP Balyan, BJP MLAs Suresh Rana and Sangeet Som, and VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi are also among the accused.
Som told IE, “Cases which are genuine will not be withdrawn. Certainly, few cases will be genuine. Those cases which are fake will be withdrawn.”
Interestingly, those one being accused of a crime are freely deciding whether the case lodged against them are genuine or not.
MP Balyan said, “I want the cases should be withdrawn. Request was made to withdraw fake cases of arson lodged by police.”
However, when the state BJP government asked for district administration’s opinion on withdrawal of cases, the administration expressed disapproval.
According to IE sources, the district magistrate, senior superintendent of police and the prosecuting officer have opposed the withdrawal of all 133 cases citing “administrative reasons”.
Commenting on district administration’s disapproval, MP Balyan said, “The administration never gives a report in favour to withdraw cases, but the government takes the final decision.”
Last year, A similar decision was taken, where the Yogi Adityanath government chose to withdraw a case against Yogi Adityanath himself. In the 1995 case, several BJP leaders, including CM Yogi Adityanath, were the accused.