Scribe death: High Court seeks status report from UP
The court asked government counsel to inform it about the stage of <g data-gr-id="36">investigation</g> by June 24 along with their objections raised during <g data-gr-id="37">course</g> of hearing the matter.
The order was passed by a vacation division Bench of Justices Shri Narain Shukla and Pratyush Kumar on a PIL seeking directions for a CBI probe into the killing.
The order was issued on the PIL filed by 'We The People', an NGO, on June 11.
A direction has also been sought in the petition for providing adequate compensation to the deceased scribe's family.
On behalf of the state government, Additional Advocate General Bulbul <g data-gr-id="33">Godiyal</g> raised preliminary objections regarding maintainability of the petition.
She contended that the FIR was lodged in this case on June 9 and soon after the PIL was filed on June 11. "It was only for gaining cheap publicity through print and electronic media by the petitioner," she alleged.
AAG also submitted that the investigation was going on and no one has come forward to question it except the petitioner, hence the PIL was not maintainable and liable to be dismissed.
She sought a week time to file these objections, which was granted by the court. The court while fixing June 24 as the next date of hearing directed the AAG to disclose the stage of the investigation of the case by this date.
UP Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary (Home), DGP, ADG (Law and Order) and others have been made opposite parties in this matter. The journalist was allegedly set on fire by policemen on June 1 during a raid at his house at Vikas Colony in Sadar Bazar, Shahjahanpur. Singh died during the treatment at a hospital in Lucknow on June 8.
An FIR was registered against Minister of State for Backward Welfare Minister Ram Murti Singh Verma and five others, including the policemen, at <g data-gr-id="41">Puwayan</g> police station of Shahjahanpur by victim's son <g data-gr-id="45">Raghvendra</g>.
Will ensure no injustice to anyone: CM
A day after UP Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav said no minister will be sacked without probe in the murder case of a journalist, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday asserted that his government would ensure that no injustice is meted to anyone. "<g data-gr-id="76">Samajwadis</g> (socialists) always fought against injustice. My government will ensure that no injustice is meted out to anyone," Yadav said. He was asked about the murder of journalist <g data-gr-id="77">Jagendra</g> Singh in Shahjahanpur, which state minister Ram Murti Verma has been accused of orchestrating. Shivpal Yadav had on Monday said, "Some issues have come. So, I want to tell you that no minister will be sacked without probe."