March 14, 2020 9:58 pm

Yogi Govt To Bring Ordinance Against Anti-CAA Protesters

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - File Pic

LUCKNOW - In an unexpected move, the Yogi Adityanath gov­ernment in Uttar Pradesh has approved an ordinance punish­ing those who damaged public and private property during the anti-CAA protests.

Official sources confirmed that the draft ordinance has been approved in the cabinet meeting held here on Friday evening. The ordinance will now be signed and issued by the Raj Bhawan.

The Yogi Adityanath govern­ment has taken the ordinance route after being severely in­dicted by both the High Court and the Supreme Court for put­ting up 100 hoardings across Lucknow, displaying photo­graphs and other details of anti-CAA protesters.

Both the courts had wanted to know under which law did the state government put up such hoardings.

The hoardings were put up on March 6 with names, photos and addresses of the accused, asking them to pay Rs 64 lakh or get their properties seized.

The hoarding war took an­other turn on Thursday night when a Samajwadi Party leader put up hoardings of rape con­vict and rape accused BJP lead­ers Kuldeep Sengar and former Union minister Chinmayanand, respectively, adjacent to the anti-CAA hoardings.

A former BJP spokesperson and now Samajwadi Party lead­er, I.P. Singh, tweeted pictures of the hoardings he had put up at several places.

However, as soon as the dis­trict administration became aware of the hoardings, they were hurriedly pulled down and police vigil of the anti-CAA hoardings across the city was tightened.

Meanwhile, a lawyer and RTI activist Nutan Thakur has lodged an FIR against unknown persons at the Gomti Nagar po­lice station for posting abusive content on social media against the Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Jus­tice Ramesh Sinha.

In her application, she said that since the two judges took suo moto cognizance of the hoardings and delivered a dis­approving verdict, there has been an unprecedented deluge on social media abusing them in the most offensive manner.

The case has been filed under Section 66 of the IT Act and Sec­tions 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communica­tion) and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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