Allahabad HC reserves verdict on Chandrashekhar's plea against NSA
Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Friday reserved its judgement on a petition challenging order of District Magistrate, Saharanpur by which Chandrashekhar alias Ravan was detained under National Security Act (NSA).
The allegations against Chandrashekhar was that he incited violence during Saharanpur riot, hence, he disturbed public peace and order. Keeping in view his indulgence, he was booked under National Security Act, which is normally used in such type of incidents.
Hearing a writ petition filed by Chandrashekhar, a division bench comprising Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice DK Singh reserved, its verdict after hearing rival submissions advanced at length by petitioner counsel as well as stated counsel, representing the state government.
To recall, a group of persons were going to take part in Maharana Pratap Jayanti at Saharanpur on May 5, 2017 when few persons allegedly belonging to Dalit community opposed the said event.
As a result, a violence clash took place, resulting into death of one man called Sumit. Against this incident, a Mahapanchayat under the aegis of Bhim Army Bharat Ekta Mission was called on May 9, 2017 at Saharanpur. When the district administration declined to grant permission for holding it, the members of Bhim Army along with their supporters allegedly blocked the Ram Nagar road in Saharanpur.
When the police intervened, they allegedly started throwing stones. It is also alleged that they indulged in violence and put Ram Nagar police Chowki on fire. An FIR in this connection was lodged by the district administration against the members of Bhim Army for indulging in violent clashes, resulting into disturbance of public peace and order.
Subsequently on November 2, 2017, DM, Saharanpur passed an order detaining Chandrashekhar under NSA.