Dehra Dun: A local court on Monday rejected the
case filed against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal
Nishank and two others on alleged irregularities in conduct of
the Mahakumbh mela at Haridwar in 2010.
Dehra Dun Chief Judicial Magistrate Kunwar Amanendra
Singh rejected the case on the ground that Governor`s
permission was not sought for initiating trial against the
chief minister which is mandatory under section 197 of CrPC,
said senior advocate and complainant J D Jain.
However, Jain said that no prior permission from the
Governor is required in the case as it was filed on the basis
of a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report.
He said he would challenge the decision of the lower
court in the Uttarakhand High Court.
The case was filed against Nishank, Kumbh Mela Minister
Madan Kaushik and the then Mela officer Anand Bardhan under
IPC sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (breach of
trust by public servant) on Apr 23.
Jain had said before the court that a recent CAG report
had "revealed wide-spread irregularities in conduct of the
Mahakumbh mela" that took place during January to April in
The CAG report said that "wasteful, avoidable and
unauthorised expenditure of nearly Rs 43 cr was incurred
during the Mahakumbh mela. While a total expenditure of Rs 590
cr was incurred on the mela, the centre had contributed Rs 565
cr," he claimed.