UP govt to withdraw 20,000 'politically motivated' cases

UP govt to withdraw 20,000 'politically motivated' cases

Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw around 20,000 ''politically motivated'' cases, providing big relief to hundreds of people, mainly political figures.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the move in the state assembly on Thursday while taking part in the debate on the controversial UP Control of Organised Crime Bill (UPCOCA) and sought to allay Opposition fears that the law could be used against political rivals of the BJP.

Adityanath said that the withdrawal of ''politically motivated'' cases would benefit all political figures irrespective of their political affiliations.

He said that the state government would ensure that the proposed law was not ''misused'' and innocent people were not harassed.

Adityanath also accused the Opposition parties of backing criminal elements.

The proposed Act provides for seizure and attachment of properties earned through organised crimes and also denial of government security to the accused under the Act.

The Opposition members lodged a strong protest against the proposed law and urged the government to withdraw the Bill. ''We have strong suspicion that the proposed law would be used against political rivals,'' said leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary.

Hurdles in Council

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav said the Bill was aimed at political opponents.

The government did not face any problems in getting the Bill passed in the Assembly but might see it rejected by the Legislative Council, where the ruling party did not have a majority.

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