Yogi minister says ‘politically tinged’ riot cases to be dropped, but silent on Muzaffarnagar
Lucknow, March 22 (Agencies): The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh may withdraw riot cases if they are “politically motivated”, the state's Law Minister Brijesh Pathak said on Thursday.
Pathak was replying to a specific question by a journalist on cases related to the Muzaffarnagar and other riots in the state.
“Riot cases are also registered under the IPC. If these are politically motivated, we will surely consider their withdrawal,” the minister said.
He did not give a specific reply to the questions based on a news report that the BJP government will withdraw 131 cases linked to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar and Shamli communal riots.
At least 62 persons died and a large number of people lost their homes in the Hindu-Muslim riots that took place in September 2013 when the Samajwadi Party was in power.
But he made it clear that the Bharatiya Janata Party government would withdraw only those cases that smacked of political vendetta.
“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided to withdraw those cases which were filed due to political reasons. We have initiated a process in this regard,” he said.
Pathak said the state government had received applications from leaders of all the parties.
“The cases lodged because of political rivalry are being withdrawn by the state government,” the minister said.
Over 62 lakh cases were pending before UP courts, he said.
Following the violence, the Akhilesh Yadav’s SP government had filed 503 cases were lodged against around 1,455 persons at police stations in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.