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SC dismisses plea in 2007 hate speech case against Yogi Adityanath

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea challenging the denial of sanction to prosecute Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a matter pertaining to a hate speech in 2007.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana said that it was not necessary to go into the issue of denial of sanction.

Parvez Parwaz, the petitioner, had claimed that Yogi Adityanath had made anti-Muslim remarks while addressing the ‘Hindu Yuva Vahini’ members in a meeting in 2007.

An FIR had been lodged in Gorakhpur against the Hindutva politician and several others on charges of promoting enmity between two groups. Several incidents of anti-Muslim violence were reported in Gorakhpur on the day of the speech.

Ten years later, the UP government on 3 May 2017 refused the sanction to prosecute Adityanath. The petitioner then moved the Allahabad High Court challenging this. The Allahabad High Court had dismissed his plea, after which he filed a Special Leave Petition in the top court.

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