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Criminal wants transfer to campaign

April 28, 2004 21:45 IST

A special sessions court (Gangster Act) in Lucknow on Wednesday refused to transfer Om Prakash Srivastava alias Babloo Srivastava from Bareilly jail to Sitapur jail for campaigning.

He is contesting the Lok Sabha election as an Apna Dal candidate from Sitapur.

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Rejecting Srivastava's application, Special Judge R A Kaushik observed that he had no constitutional right to be allowed to interact with the public or campaign as he had a terrible criminal background.

Secondly, the court raised the issue of jurisdiction pointing out that he was transferred to Bareilly jail on administrative grounds and not by the court's order.

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Sub: Criminal wants to campaign!!

This request is not surprising. What is surprising is that the EC still permits convicted gansgters to actually stand for positions within the government. Every ...

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