The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Uttar Pradesh government in a connection with 2007 Gorakhpur riots seeking a response in four weeks why CM Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for the alleged hate speech he gave.
A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the government to reply as to why CM Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007, according to ANI. The notice was issued while the Supreme Court was hearing a plea challenging the verdict delivered by the Allahabad High Court.
Supreme Court issues notice to Uttar Pradesh government in connection with a speech given by Yogi Adityanath in 2007, asked govt to reply as to why he should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007? pic.twitter.com/z2puUmxwbQ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) August 20, 2018
Earlier, Allahabad High Court on February rejected the plea which sought a CBI probe into Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's involvement in 2007 Gorakhpur riots case.
In 2007 Adityanath was an MP from Gorakhpur when he allegedly gave a speech outside the town’s railway station that in the police complaint was seen as inflammatory and inciting communal riots.
The matter came in limelight in 2008 after Pervez and Asad Hyat had filed a petition with the Allahabad High Court and sought a CBI investigation. In the petition, it was said that the 2007 hatred speech by Yogi Adityanath had triggered the 2007 Gorakhpur riots.
According to the police complaint filed in the matter, Yogi Adityanath was named in it, mentioned that the speech which the BJP leader had delivered outside the Gorakhpur’s railway station was inflammatory and was inciting the communal violence.