UP govt can`t withdraw terror cases sans Centre`s consent: HC

Last Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 12:49

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: In a major setback to Akhilesh Yadav, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Thursday ruled that the state government cannot withdraw terror cases without consent of Centre.

The court noted that most of the accused were booked under central acts, so the state government cannot withdraw the cases without informing the Centre.

Reacting to the development, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said that his party respected the Allahabad HC`s decision, "but we will see what went wrong."

Earlier this year, the Allahabad HC had stayed the Uttar Pradesh government`s order to withdraw cases against persons accused of indulging in terror activities.

The order was passed by justices Rajeev Sharma and Mahendra Dayal of the Lucknow bench on a PIL filed by local lawyer Ranjana Agnihotri and five others.

While referring the matter to a larger bench, the court had given six-week time to the respondents, including the central and the state governments, for filing their reply and four weeks for rejoinder thereafter.

The petitioners had sought direction for quashing the order issued by the state for withdrawing cases against persons accused of indulging in terror activities and serial blasts.

In September, the Centre washed its hands of Uttar Pradesh government’s move, contending that it has no role in the decision as law and order is a state subject.

The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh had made a pre-poll promise to the electorate in 2012 to provide relief to “innocent” youth languishing in UP jails on terror charges if it comes to power.

First Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:06

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