SC turns down the plea of Rita Bahuguna Joshi
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 21:06
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of Uttar Pradesh Congress Leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi seeking a direction to the Allahabad High Court for an expeditious hearing on her petition for a CBI inquiry into arson at her house in Lucknow following her allegedly derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati.

A bench headed by justice AK Ganguly refused to issue a notice on her petition and asked her to approach the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court for the purpose.

"We do not want to issue a notice on the petition," the bench said.

The Congress leader pleaded in her petition that her plea has been pending in the High Court for more than two years and a proper hearing is not given to her plea in the High Court.

The Uttar Pradesh Congress president had in July 2009 moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident and quashing of the FIR lodged against her in Moradabad district accusing her of having made derogatory remarks against Mayawati.

She had pleaded that the investigation by the state CID may not be fair due to political reasons and submitted the case be handed over to CBI.

A local court in Lucknow had last year ordered lodging of an FIR in connection with the arson on the house of Joshi.


First Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 21:06

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