Monday, June 28, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Four BSP ministers face blasphemy charges

Four BSP ministers face blasphemy charges

Anand Raj Singh

First Published : 28 Jun 2010 01:48:03 AM IST
Last Updated : 28 Jun 2010 08:49:42 AM IST

LUCKNOW: Four senior members in the Mayawati Cabinet, along with five
others, face criminal charges in connection with an article published
in a magazine last month, allegedly denigrating Hindu gods, goddesses
and epics.

T he order of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohd Ashraf Ansari of Jaunpur
district on Saturday came on a petition filed by Radhey Shyam Verma in
connection with an article published in 'Ambedkar Today', brought out
by the kin of a ruling party leader.

The accused are ministers Swami Prasad Maurya, Babu Singh Kushwaha,
Naseemuddin Siddiqui and Daddu Prasad, along with Backward Commission
Chairman Parasnath Maurya, Sushma Rana, editor of the magazine Rajiv
Ratan Maurya, bureau chief Ashok Anand and writer of the article
Ashwini Kumar Shakya.

The CJM directed the police to lodge the case under various sections
of the IPC, including 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to
wound religious beliefs), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent
to wound religious feelings), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 505
(commencement and continuance of the right of private defence of
property), and submit the investigation report. The state government
denied that the CJM's order contains names of the ministers.

The government had earlier ordered a CB-CID probe into the incident.

The editor of the magazine had apologised and the matter seemed to have ended.

Swami Prasad Maurya, who is also the state president of the ruling
BSP, said, he was yet to see the order of the CJM and would move
superior court if necessary.


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