Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Friday
reserved its judgement on a contempt petition filed against
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati in connection with a
speech delivered by her at an election rally during the Lok
Sabha polls last year.
A Division Bench comprising justices Vinod Prasad and
Yogesh Chandra Gupta reserved its judgement for pronouncement
of verdict on October 22.
The order came on the contempt petition filed by Alka
Rai, former BJP MLA and wife of slain legislator Krishnanand
Rai who has accused Mayawati of having said at an election
rally in Ghazipur on April 12, 2009, that the BSP candidate
from the constituency Afzal Ansari and his brother and
Varanasi candidate Mukhtar Ansari had been falsely implicated
in the Rai murder case.
The brother duo eventually lost from their respective
seats and were later expelled from the party earlier this
Rai was gunned down along with a number of his
supporters in November, 2006.
Ansari, an underworld don-turned-Independent MLA and
Afzal, who was a Samajwadi Party MP at that time, were named
as prime accused in the case.
In her petition, Alka Rai alleged that by giving
"clean chit" to the Ansari brothers, against whom a number of
criminal cases are pending at Varanasi and Ghazipur, Mayawati
has committed contempt of court.