Damaging Mayawati’s statue does not amount to sedition, rules a Lucknow court

Agencies: A local court on Monday said that damaging the statue of former chief minister Mayawati was not an offence of sedition under the Indian Penal Code. It discharged the three accused from the charges of sedition.

The court, however, found prima facie case under other offences of IPC and directed the accused to face trial. The accused are Alok Srivastava, Arpit Srivastava and Vishal Mishra. The court has now summoned the three on October 17 for framing of charges. A special judge B K Pandey passed the above order on the discharge application of the three accused.

The statue of Mayawati was damaged in Ambedkar Park on July 26, 2012 by a hammer. Police then lodged an FIR against unknown persons. After investigation, charge sheet was filed against eight persons. Three accused Alok Srivastava, Arpit Srivastava and Vishal Mishra later challenged the sedition charges in the court.

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