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Showcause in Vajpayee slander case

New Delhi, Dec. 31 (PTI): Delhi High Court has issued showcause notices to the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments on an anticipatory bail petition by a civil judge of Jhansi charged with sedition for allegedly distributing pamphlets criticising the Prime Minister and judges.

Perusing the petition moved by Anand Singh, his father and two brothers, Justice M.A. Khan fixed January 2 for the hearing.

Uttar Pradesh police had charged the petitioners with sedition after they were allegedly found handing out notes in Shahganj, abusing A.B. Vajpayee and judges of the Supreme Court and high courts.

The pamphlets urged people to assemble in Delhi on December 19 to protest the swearing-in of the new chief justice of India and compel Vajpayee to quit.

But Singh said they had only called for a peaceful demonstration to protest denial of justice to him. He claimed he was victimised by an assistant prosecution officer, the mafia and politicians for denying judicial remand to an accused in a case.

, when he was posted as judicial magistrate-III at Aligarh in 1993.

He had denied the request for remand after receiving information from the concerned sho that innocent people have been “falsely implicated” in a case at the behest of former state chief minister Kalyan Singh’s son, Singh claimed.

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