Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has got a big relief from the Supreme Court in a 15-year-old case. In the case of giving hate speech related to Gorakhpur riots in 2007, the Supreme Court has approved the decision of Allahabad High Court, giving relief to CM Yogi. After the decision of the Supreme Court, it is now clear that CM Yogi Adityanath will not be prosecuted for giving hate speech. This case was related to the violence in Gorakhpur in 2007, in which the petitioner had accused the then MP Yogi Adityanath of giving provocative speeches.
In fact, in February 2018, the Allahabad High Court dismissed the petition filed against CM Yogi Adityanath. In the 2007 Gorakhpur communal riot case, the Allahabad High Court had dismissed the petition filed against the government’s refusal to grant the necessary prosecution sanction to prosecute. Not only this, the court had also rejected the demand of CBI to investigate the incident.
Parvez Parwaz had filed a case against CM Yogi Adityanath in connection with the 2007 communal riots in Gorakhpur. The Division Bench of Justice Krishna Murari and Justice AC Sharma of Allahabad High Court gave this decision after hearing on the petition of Parvez Parwaz and Asad Hayat. The court had said that there is no error in the process of not granting permission to prosecute the government.
Significantly, in 2007, an FIR was registered against Yogi Adityanath and others at Gorakhpur police station. It was alleged that several incidents of violence had taken place in Gorakhpur that day after the alleged hate speech by Adityanath. However, in the Gorakhpur violence case, the state government in May 2017 refused to allow the trial, saying the evidence was insufficient. This order of the state government was challenged in the High Court. However, on 22 February 2018, the High Court dismissed this challenge.
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