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Uttar Pradesh government withdrew a 22-year-old case against chief minister Yogi Adityanath under the new law passed by the state assembly last week. But with this law, the case against the CM isn’t the only case that gets withdrawn. After this move, nearly 20,000 cases that run against politicians will get withdrawn by default.
Yes, Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Act, 2017, has come up a remedy for all woes of politicians as it scraps 20,000 by default and the beneficiary include CM as well as the Deputy CM Keshav Maurya. However, the CM Yogi prefers to call the cases withdrawn in lieu of this act as ‘not serious’. “These 20,000 cases are not serious and have been pending for a very long time,” the chief minister had said on Friday last. The CM Yogi was involved in a case of flouting prohibitory orders to hold a public meeting in his home turf Gorakhpur in 1995.
Minister of State for Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP lawmaker Sheetal Pandey were also named as accused in the case.
“It has started with Yogi Adityanath and now, all politicians are hoping that their cases will be withdrawn,” said Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, who was the chief minister before Yogi Adityanath took over. “It remains to be seen if it is going to be just ‘inconsequential cases’ as the chief minister puts it, or will the government also withdraws serious cases,” said Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party opposed the bill in the assembly.
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