Court allows plea against Chidambaram in Meerut mass killings

 A Delhi court Monday allowed Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy to move an application against Home Minister P. Chidambaram and make him a co-accused in an over two decade old case of mass killings in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

Swamy, in a verbal submission, requested Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Siddhartha that he be allowed to move the application adding some unnamed co-accused under Section 319 Code of Criminal Procedure (power to proceed against other persons appearing to be guilty of offence).

Accepting the Janata Party chief's request, the court decided to hear the case Aug 17.
The application will be moved in the first week of next month, Swamy told IANS. He added that he will move an application for seeking prosecution of Chidambaram in the case.

He said that Chidambaram, who was then the union minister of state for internal security in the home ministry, visited Hashimpura area of Uttar Pradesh's Meerut city just before the incident in 1987.

Around 40 Muslims were killed in the incident after a curfew was clamped to search for illegal arms in the area.

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