SC Dismisses Appeal against Denial of Sanction to Prosecute Yogi in Hate Speech Case

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NEW DELHI – The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal against denial of sanction to prosecute Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in an alleged 2007 hate speech case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana dismissed an appeal challenging denial of sanction for prosecution of CM Yogi in a 2007 alleged hate speech delivered at Gorakhpur.

On August 24, the Supreme Court reserved its order on a plea against the Allahabad High Court judgment in a case of alleged hate speech of 2007.

During the hearing, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing Uttar Pradesh government, had submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana that nothing remains in the case and the CD was sent to the CFSL, and it was found to be tampered with. He said the issue raised by the petition has already been examined by the high court and added, “You cannot go on beating a dead horse now after 15 years just because the man happens to be CM today”.

In February 2018, the high court had said it did not find any procedural error in the decision-making process of refusal to grant sanction to prosecute. The petitioners Parvez Parwaz and others had moved the top court challenging the high court order.

The bench, also comprising Justices Hima Kohli and C.T. Ravikumar, told the petitioners’ lawyer that if there is no criminal proceeding, where is the question of sanction.

Advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi, representing the petitioners, referred to one of the issues mentioned in the high court which reads: “Whether the state can pass an order under section 196 CrPC in respect of a proposed accused in a criminal case who in the meantime gets elected as the Chief Minister and is the executive head as per the scheme provided under Article 163 of the Constitution.” Ayyubi said the high court did not address this issue and added that due to the denial of sanction to prosecute, a closure report has been filed.

The bench told the petitioners’ counsel ‘sanction will only come, if there is a case, and if there is no case at all, then where is the question of sanction’.

Rohatgi said in 2008, the petitioner gave a CD, which was broken, and after five years he gave another CD claiming to have recorded the hate speech. But it was found to be tampered with, he said.

A case was registered against Yogi Adityanath, then an MP, and several others on alleged charges of promoting enmity between two groups at a police station in Gorakhpur. -IANS

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