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SC quashes UP govt order on POTA charges against Raja Bhaiyya
November 10, 2005 11:52 IST
Last Updated: November 14, 2005 22:12 IST
The Supreme Court Thursday quashed the Uttar Pradesh government order withdrawing Prevention of Terrorism Act charges against controversial legislator Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya and his relatives.
The apex court also transferred the case to Madhya Pradesh saying the cases would continue under the relevant sections of POTA, Explosives Substances Act and Arms Act.
The order was delivered by a Bench comprising Justice B N Aggarwal and Justice A K Mathur.
Raja Bhaiyya, who is a minister in the Mulayam Singh government, has been directed to surrender within a week before a Kanpur designated court and apply for a fresh bail.
Along with Raja Bhaiyya, his father Uday Pratap Singh and a relative Akshay Pratap Singh alias Gopalji, who is an MLC in Uttar Prdaesh, are other accused in the case.
The police, during a raid, had recovered arms and ammunition, including AK-56 rifles, carbine and other arms from their possession.
POTA was slapped against them in January 2003 by the then Mayawati government in the state.
However, after Mulayam Singh government came into power, POTA was withdrawn against the accused.
The petition challenging the withdrawal of POTA against them was filed by one S K Shukla.