According to a PTI report, two policemen who were involved in preparation of the charge sheet against BJP President Amit Shah for alleged hate speech in Muzzaffarnagar have been transferred. The report says that the Deputy Superintendent of Police (New Mandi Circle) Yogender Singh and Investigation Officer of the case Sub-Inspector Bharat Lal were shifted on Friday.
This has taken place close on the heels of report that all 86 people, including the district unit chief of BJP, Girish Tyagi who are accused in communal violence in Moradabad will be falicitated by high command.
Though senior officials are saying that it is routine transfer and it has nothing to do with Shah case, but this will surely provide fodder to Opponents. Report says that Dy SP Yogender Singh had filed the chagesheet while SI Bharat Lal had investigated the case. The charge sheet was filed under various sections of IPC, including 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc.) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class).
On September 10, the BJP president was chargesheeted for his alleged hate speech in Muzzaffarnagar. Though the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunder Lal on September 11 refused to take cognizance of the charge sheet against Amit Shah in connection with the case and returned it to the police.
Lal had refused to take cognisance of the charge sheet as police had not followed the provisions of 173 CrPc in which they did not try to arrest the accused before filing the charge sheet in court.
During run up to Lok Sabha poll, Shah had said that the polls were an opportunity to seek 'revenge for the insult' inflicted during the riots in Muzzaffarnagar. Furious Election Commission had also issued a notice for prima facie violation of the model code in the case. Shah had always rejected the allegation.
But this witch hunting exercise will not gain anything to BJP , instead inflict more harm to saffron party. And recent by-poll results must be an eye opener for them.
(with inputs from PTI)