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HC raps Akhilesh's move to release serial blast accused

Lucknow, Nov 23, 2012 (IANS) 12:19 IST
UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's 74th birthday celebrations at party headquarters in Lucknow on Thursday. PTI Photo
The eight-month-old Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) government has been rapped by the Allahabad High Court (HC) for moving to release the accused of the 2006 serial bomb blasts in the temple city of Varanasi.

A bench of justices R.K. Agarwal and R.S.R. Maurya Thursday observed: Today you are releasing them, tomorrow you may give them the Padma Bhushan.

The court further said that whether those arrested were terrorists or not would be decided by the court and not by the state government.

The bench also asked the state government under what grounds were the cases being withdrawn.

The petition against the government's move was filed by social activist Rakesh Srivastava and advocate Nityanand Chaubey.

The bench also asked the state government on whether this move of its will not encourage criminals and terrorism.

The petition challenges the Akhilesh government move to withdraw the cases against persons involved in the March 7, 2006 bomb blasts in Sankatmochan temple, Dashwashmegh Ghat and Cantt railway stations.

The state government had issued notification Oct 31 seeking withdrawal of the cases against those accused in the blasts. Lawyers of the petitioners A.K. Gupta and Shiv Shanker Tripathi said that the court has taken a serious view of the government move and had said that releasing those who are slapped with stringent sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including 302, 307, 323, 427 and 120B, would not only send a wrong message but would also encourage terrorists.

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