Don`t give an impression of belonging only to the party: HC

The Allahabad High Court on Friday said it was always desirable for the persons in authority not to give an impression that they belong only to a political party especially when they are in power.

Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 21:16 PM IST

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Friday
said it was always desirable for the persons in authority not
to give an impression that they belong only to a political
party especially when they are in power.

The observations were made by a division bench comprising
Justices Vinod Prasad and Y C Gupta while dismissing a
contempt petition filed against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
over a speech made by her at an election rally where she had
reportedly spoken in favour of don-turned-politician Mukhtar
Ansari and his brother Afzal.
The Ansari brothers are prime accused in BJP MLA
Krishnanand Rai murder case and were fielded by Mayawati-led
BSP in the Lok Sabha polls last year.

The slain MLA`s wife, Alka Rai had filed the contempt
petition alleging that on April 12, 2009, at an election rally
in Ghazipur from where Afzal Ansari was the BSP candidate,
Mayawati had said he and Mukhtar, who was contesting from
Varanasi, had been "falsely implicated" in the murder case of
Krishnanand Rai by the previous SP government in the state.

The court while dismissing the contempt petition,
nevertheless made the parting note: "it would have been much
better if such controversial statements are kept at bay while
exercising the right to woo voters.

Every political party has got a right to allure the
electorate but within the parameters of law, keeping the
interests of the entire society".

The court observed that "in a political scenario like the
one we have, it is always desirable for the persons in
authority not to give an impression that they belong only to
political party especially when they are in power".
The court also expressed concern over the fact "that to
grab power, crime and criminals are now playing a major role.

"To gain power on the strength of such persons is not
suited for the political system and the country and our
constitutional framers and freedom fighters never dreamt of it
like that".

PTI