UP govt mulls withdrawing case against BSP MP, MLAs

The Akhilesh Yadav government is considering to withdraw a criminal case lodged against three BSP leaders - MP Kadir Rana and MLAs Noor Saleem Rana and Jameel Ahmed - and seven others for allegedly making inflammatory speeches at a public meeting organised in Muzaffarnagar on August 30 last year.

The state government has sent a letter to Muzaffarnagar District Magistrate (DM) seeking information on 13 points including whether the case could be withdrawn in public interest. It has also sought opinions of the district SP and the prosecuting officer.

Five of the accused, including Kadir Rana, (Charthawal MLA) Noor Saleem Rana and (Meerapur MLA) Jameel Ahmed, were jailed in the case and are out on bail.

The Special Investigation Cell (SIC) of the state police is investigating the case. Muzaffarnagar SSP HN Singh said that investigations are still on and no chargesheet has been filed so far.

Despite several attempts, Muzaffarnagar DM Kaushal Raj Sharma did not respond.

According to the police, a public meeting was held at Shaheed Chowk in Muzaffarnagar after the murders of two Hindu boys and a Muslim youth at Kawaal village in the district on August 27. Rana and others had allegedly given inciting speeches. The meeting had come a ta time when the authorities had banned public gatherings in the area.

A day later the police lodged an FIR against 10 named persons including Rana and the two MLAs at the City Kotwali police station and 600 unidentified people.

The case was lodged under section 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restrain), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant). The police had obtained non-bailable warrants against all the named accused.

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