Published On: Fri, Mar 13th, 2020

Yogi Adityanath government to bring ordinance against anti-CAA protesters

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.

The court had wanted to know under which law did the state government put up such hoardings

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 indicted by the High Court for putting up 100 hoardings across Lucknow, displaying photographs and other details of anti-CAA protesters.

The court 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.

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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