Hathras case: Rauf Shareef and 5 others seek quashing of chargesheet

Rauf Shareef (left) and Masood Ahmed (right)

Six Muslim youths who were arrested by Uttar Pradesh police regarding Hathras conspiracy case, have sought the quashing of a chargesheet against them, arguing that it was filed by the Uttar Pradesh STF without seeking the sanction of the Centre or the state government.

Their lawyer before a court here cited section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to claim that the charge-sheet filed under this law requires the sanction.

“The charge sheet submitted by the Speical Task Force in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey on April 3 should be termed null and void as neither it contains required permission of the state government nor the union government for trial under the UAPA,” news agency PTI quoted the counsel, Madhuban Datt Chaturvedi as saying.

The STF has chargesheeted them and Malayalam journalist Siddique Kappan for sedition, criminal conspiracy, funding of terror activities and other offences.

The six accused are Campus Front of India leaders Atiq-ur Rehman, Masood Ahmed, Rauf Shareef, and Popular Front of India members Firoz Khan and Anshad Badruddin and a Delhi based cab driver Alam.

The 5000 page chargesheet against them claimed that following the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman by upper-caste Hindu men in Hathras last year, they were going there with an intention “to breach the peace” as part of a “conspiracy”.

The court will hear the application on April 15.