Hathras case: Six Muslims arrested over alleged conspiracy seek quashing of chargesheet

New Delhi: Six Muslims arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in relation to the Hathras conspiracy case have sought quashing of the chargesheet filed against them. Their counsel told the court that the chargesheet was filed without seeking the sanction of the Centre or the state government.

Their counsel before a court here cited section 45 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to claim that the chargesheet filed under this law requires the sanction.

“The charge sheet submitted by the Speical Task Force in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Anil Kumar Pandey on April 3 should be termed null and void as neither it contains required permission of the state government nor the union government for trial under the UAPA,” news agency PTI quoted the counsel, Madhuban Datt Chaturvedi as saying.

The STF has charge-sheeted them for sedition, criminal conspiracy, funding of terror activities and other offences

The accused are Atiq-ur Rehman, Alam, Masood Ahmed, Rauf Sheriff, Firoz Khan and Anshad Badruddin.

The FIR against them claimed that following the gang-rape and murder of a 19-year old Dalit woman in Hathras last year, they were going there with an intention “to breach the peace” as part of a “conspiracy”.

The court will hear the application on April 15.

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