Uttar Pradesh News: A special MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow on Friday acquitted Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA and former minister Ravidas Mehrotra in a 42-year-old criminal case. Besides him, the court also acquitted two other co-accused. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) of the special court, Ambareesh Srivastava, while pronouncing the verdict, said that the prosecution could not prove its case.
Presented to only one witness
The court in its judgment also said that the prosecution produced only one witness. The complainant in the case has died. The other witnesses mentioned in the charge sheet did not appear in the court despite many efforts. Even the lone witness produced in the court could not prove the case of the prosecution. The court acquitted the former minister and MLA and two other persons for want of evidence. According to the prosecution, the FIR in the case was lodged on February 8, 1979, by Lucknow University Assistant Registrar DP Dixit at Hasanganj police station.
There were allegations of scuffle, sabotage in the report
In the report lodged, it was said that on February 6, 1979, Ravidas Mehrotra and 40 others entered the registrar building and manhandled and abused, as well as assaulted his employees. According to the prosecution, it was also alleged that during the sabotage, the assailants tore the registers etc. After the investigation of the case, on November 18, 1979, the police filed a charge sheet against Ravidas Mehrotra, Brijendra Agnihotri and Anil Kumar Singh in the court.
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