Petition filed in SC to book Mulayam Singh for 1990 Ayodhya firing
New Delhi: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to seek an FIR against the then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for ordering police firing on 'kar sevaks' in Ayodhya in October 1990.
The kar sevaks had assembled in the town as part of an agitation for the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya.
Petitioner Rana Sangram Singh, a resident of Lucknow district, challenged a May 3, 2016, order of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court that rejected his plea on the matter.
His plea before a Chief Metropolitan Magistrate and Additional District and Sessions Judge were also dismissed on August 28, 2014, and February 11, 2016, respectively.
The petitioner wants registration of a case based on Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement of February 6, 2014, at a public meeting in Mainpuri and Gonda that he had ordered the police firing on October 30, 1990, which killed several persons. These remarks were reported by newspapers the next day.
Raising a question of law, the petitioner asked under what provisions of law a Chief Minister could order police firing.
The petitioner also asked who had the power under the Code of Criminal Procedure to take steps to disperse an unlawful assembly by force without taking the help of armed forces.