Passing New Amnesty Law, UP Govt Withdraws 22-Year-Old Case Against Yogi Adityanath

| December 28 , 2017 , 09:08 IST

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered that a 22-year old case against its current Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath be withdrawn, after passing a new law which provides amnesty to politicians from old 'non-serious' cases.

According to the law named the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Act, 2017, around 20,000 non-serious and long-pending cases against politicians would be withdrawn.

"These 20,000 cases are not serious and have been pending for a very long time," Yogi Adityanath had said on last Friday.

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The Samajwadi Party, which had formed the government in UP before BJP's win earlier this year, slammed the BJP for passing a law which would scrap criminal cases against top BJP leaders including Yogi and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya.

The case against Yogi Adityanath was filed for flouting prohibitory orders and holding a public meeting in his constituency of Gorakhpur in 1995, with Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP lawmaker Sheetal Pandey also named in the same case.

"It has started with Yogi Adityanath and now, all politicians are hoping that their cases will be withdrawn," said Samajwadi Party leader and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

"It remains to be seen if it is going to be just 'inconsequential cases' as the chief minister puts it, or will the government also withdraws serious cases," said Akhilesh Yadav, whose Samajwadi Party had opposed the bill presented in the assembly.

Since the BJP has a massive majority in the UP assembly after the elections earlier this year, the party was able to easily push the legislation.