In a big relief for Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, the Allahabad High Court today dismissed a petition seeking re-investigation into his alleged hate speech in the 2007 Gorakhpur riot case. The petition was dismissed by Justices Krishna Murari and AC Sharma. The court said that it found there were no discrepancies in the investigation carried out by Uttar Police and the state government’s decision not to prosecute Adityanath.
According to The Indian Express, the petition filed in November 2008 had claimed that Yogi Adityanath was responsible for the riot that was sparked by his alleged hate speech. Mohammad Asad Hayat and Parvez had filed the petition. In the riot, a person was killed. Hayat was a witness and Parvej had filed an FIR in connection with the case.
Earlier the Allahabad High Court had upheld the decision of a lower court that granted relief to Adityanath and other from facing prosecution in the case.
On January 27, 2007, a man was killed during a confrontation between members of two communities. Yogi Adityanath, who was then Gorakhpur MP, had allegedly made provocative speeches, as per the police FIR which was filed after the HC intervention.
Following the Gorakhpur riots of 20017, the Uttar Pradesh police had mentioned in its charge sheet that the accused was involved in acts of spreading communal disharmony.