Allahabad HC sets aside order passed by DM against Varanasi MLA

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Published on: 29 March 2016 1:55 PM GMT
Allahabad HC sets aside order passed by DM against Varanasi MLA
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Allahabad: Allahabad High Court on Tuesday set aside the order passed by DM Varanasi whereby MLA from Varanasi, Ajay Kumar Rai was booked under National Security Act (NSA). Rai had contested parliamentary election against PM Narendra Modi as a Congress candidate.

Allowing the petition filed by Rai, a division bench comprising justice Vikram Nath and justice Naheed Ara Moonis directed that Rai be set at liberty unless not wanted in some other case.

To recall, Rai had taken part in protest rally at Varanasi on the issue of immersion of idols in River Ganga and during the protest some violent incident had taken place. Subsequently, Rai was arrested and DM, Varanasi on October 13, 2015 booked him under NSA.

Challenging the NSA order his counsel Daya Shankar Mishra said that subjective satisfaction of the DM Varanasi was not real. Secondly, Rai was not provided documents as per constitutional provisions hence the detention was illegal.

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