Court orders issue of notice against Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath in 19-year-old murder case

CM Yogi Adityanath, File Photo

Lucknow, Sep 25 : In a major setback to Yogi Adityanath, a court in Maharajganj has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister  and Bharatiya Janata Party  leader in connection with the murder of a  police head constable Satya Prakash, who was Samajwadi Party  leader Talat Aziz’s security guard.

The case dates back to February 1999 and concerns the murder of a personal security officer of a then Samajwadi Party (SP) leader from Gorakhpur.

The development has come as a big embarrassment not just for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister but also for the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The revision petition was filed by Talat Aziz, a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader.In the petition it was alleged that the then Gorakhpur MP Yogi Adityanath reached a meeting, organised by Talat Aziz in Maharajganj on February 10, 1999, and created disturbances, which ultimately resulted in violent clashes.

It was alleged that during the violent disturbances, a police head constable Satya Prakash, who was Talat Aziz’s security guard, died from gunshot injuries.

Subsequently, Talat Aziz lodged an FIR at Maharajganj kotwali police station against Yogi Adityanath and several others, who were not named.

Similarly, the then Maharajganj kotwali station house officer BK Srivastava lodged an FIR naming Yogi and 21 other people under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 153A and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. The third FIR related to the same incident was lodged by Yogi against Talat Aziz and others, alleging an attack by Talat Aziz and a few others.

Subsequently, the matter was handed over to the CB-CID for investigation. The CB-CID closed the matter by submitting a final report which gave a clean chit to Adityanath.

Talat Aziz challenged the final report in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate, Maharajganj.

However, subsequently, the Maharajganj magistrate on March 13, 2018 dismissed the complaint case.

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