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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain in four weeks why Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should not be prosecuted for an alleged hate speech he gave in 2007 in Gorakhpur.

A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the government to reply as to why he should not be prosecuted for allegedly giving a hate speech in 2007,

The Allahabad High Court had upheld a decision by the Uttar Pradesh government to deny sanction to prosecute Yogi Adityanath in the case. The court has sought a response to the notice within four weeks.

In November 2008, the petition was filed by Mohammad Asad Hayat and Parvez, who said a hate speech by the chief minister had triggered the riots in which one person was killed. Parwaz was a resident of Gorakhpur and had filed an FIR in connection with the riots and Hayat was a witness in the case.

Adityanath, who then represented Gorakhpur in Lok Sabha, was arrested and also remanded to police custody for 11 days.


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