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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)QURAN SACRILEGE

Court drops sedition charge against Yadav

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 11

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Dinesh Kumar on Thursday dropped sedition charge levelled against AAP MLA from Delhi Naresh Yadav, who is facing a criminal case for the alleged sacrilege of Quran.

A case was registered under Sections 295-A, 153-A and 120-B IPC against some unidentified persons at Malerkotla on June 25, 2016, and later, the police arrested three accused, who claimed that Yadav had instructed them to commit the crime.

At the time of presenting challan, the police also added Section 124-A IPC (sedition). Yadav challenged the charge. As there was no substance in the challan to support the sedition charge, the court dropped it.

The case has now been sent to the lower court for trial under Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 153-A (committing an offence which is prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities), said Narpal Singh Dhaliwal, counsel for Yadav.

Earlier, the state government had granted the mandatory sanction for prosecuting the accused MLA for sedition and outraging religious feelings in August. Besides Yadav, there are three other accused facing trial in this case.

An FIR in the case was registered on June 25, 2016, at Malerkotla city police station in Sangrur district a day after torn pages of Quran were found scattered on the road in a Muslim-dominated area. The incident had led to violence and burning of vehicles by the Muslim community.

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