Govt to drop 3,000 cases filed against SP men in BSP regime
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The Samajwadi Party government will withdraw 3,000 criminal cases lodged against SP workers during the Bahujan Samaj Party regime.
SP spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary claimed today in a press release that these cases were fake and had been lodged by the BSP government in order to harass SP workers.
"Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has issued instructions to the DMs and SPs of every district to expedite the process of withdrawing the cases against SP workers," Choudhary said. He claimed that the BSP government had misused official machinery and lodged these cases to intimidate SP workers who had raised their voice against the regime for its misdeeds.
Earlier, after assuming power, the SP government had asked its cadre to submit the details of the cases lodged against them. A circular to this effect was issued by the party and widely distributed at the district level. Nearly 7,500 applications were received and people are still turning up with applications.
Choudhary claimed that in the first phase, 3,000 applications have been identified. These will be taken up first and the cases will be dropped. Justifying the decision as reciprocation on part of the party for the workers' sacrifice and courage, Choudhary said it would boost their morale.
Most of the cases are related to rowdyism, assault, Arms Act and even SC/ST Act. "The provisions of these acts were misused. Cases were lodged deliberately by SC/ST people for implicating SP workers in serious sections," claimed Choudhary.
He also said that soon after assuming power, BSP chief Mayawati had lodged nearly 150 cases against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on a single day. "After that, Mulayam had announced that all these cases would be revoked after he assumed power," he said.
The SP government has already initiated proceedings for withdrawing a case against Cabinet minister Azam Khan and state ministers Mehboob Ali and Manoj Paras for obstructing a road.
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