February 2, 2023
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The case was filed on a criticism by the brother of Champat Rai, a member of the belief (File)

Lucknow:

The Uttar Pradesh police have invoked a large 15 sections of the Indian Penal Code and three sections of the IT Act in opposition to a journalist and two others in Bijnor district over an alleged land seize case. The case was filed on a criticism by the brother of Champat Rai — the Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief and secretary of the Ram Temple Trust — who has been going through questions over the controversial land offers in Ayodhya. The Bijnor police chief has given Mr Rai and his brothers a ‘clear chit’ primarily based on what he referred to as a primary facie inquiry. Investigations are persevering with, he stated.

The First Information Report, primarily based on a criticism by Mr Rai’s brother Sanjay Bansal, names journalist Vineet Narain and two others — Alka Lahoti and Rajnish.

All three are accused of conspiring to make false allegations in opposition to Mr Rai and within the course of, hurting the feelings of crores of Hindus throughout the nation.

In a Facebook publish three days in the past, Mr Narain had accused Champat Rai of facilitating land seize by his brothers of their hometown within the Bijnor district.

In the publish, Mr Narain accused Mr Rai of serving to his brothers seize 20,000 sq. meters of land in a cow shelter owned by NRI Alka Lahoti (additionally named within the FIR).

The publish claims Ms Lahoti has been making an attempt to get the encroachers evicted since 2018 and appeals to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take motion.

In his criticism, Sanjay Bansal stated he looked for the telephone variety of Mr Narain after which positioned a name to him to clear the “facts of the case”.

“However, a man calling himself Rajnish picked up the phone, misbehaved with me and threatened to kill me,” he stated within the criticism.

The FIR accuses Mr Narain and the others of “promoting enmity on the grounds of religion”, offering “false evidence”, “cheating” and “trespass” amongst different costs.

Less than a day after the FIR was filed, Bijnor’s police chief posted a video assertion on Twitter seeming to assist the model of Mr Bansal. He, nonetheless, added {that a} police staff was nonetheless investigating the matter.

“The local police are investigating. Mr Champat Rai is a senior leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and a member of the Ram Temple Trust and the accusations against him by the accused are baseless and prima facie the accusations against his relatives are baseless too. We are ascertaining all the facts,” Bijnor police chief Dr Dharm Vir Singh stated within the assertion. 

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