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Naqvi gets one-year jail for poll code violation

Fifty seven-year-old Naqvi, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs, later got bail. Eighteen others were also convicted in the case along with Naqvi who was present in the court.

Judicial magistrate Manish Kumar held Naqvi guilty under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 342 (wrongful confinement), Section 7 of Criminal Law Amendment Act and Section 144 of CrPC.

The case relates to a demonstration by BJP workers led by Naqvi at Patwai area of Rampur parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh at the time of campaigning for the 2009 Lok Sabha polls during which they allegedly breached the prohibitory orders in force and barged into a police station.

They were demonstrating against the arrest of Rampur BJP chief and seizure of a vehicle of the party.

Police had lodged an FIR against 200 people, including Naqvi. Naqvi in his reaction to the court order said he respected the judiciary.

Naqvi should resign: Cong

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Wednesday demanded that Union Minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi should step down after a court in Uttar Pradesh gave him a one-year jail term convicting him of violating prohibitory orders during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

"It is no automatic disqualification but the fact is that if a criminal court has a convicted a person, who is part of the Council of Ministers, he or she should very seriously introspect whether to continue in the government is proper thing to do or not.   "...Right and appropriate thing to do is that you step down from the post, he said."
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