CCA revoked against ex-Jharkhand minister

A board set up by Jharkhand High Court today revoked the Jharkhand Crime Control Act (CCA) against former state minister and Congress leader Yogendra Sao, who is now in judicial custody.

Jharkhand High CourtThe decision was taken by the board headed by Justice H C Mishra, paving the way for Sao’s release on bail.

Registrar General Anil Kumar Choudhary and Principal Judge, District and Session Court Anant Vijay Singh were the other members of the board which was set up by the High Court to look into the invocation of CCA against Sao by the Hazaribagh administration earlier this month.

Sao has been in jail since his arrest August 21.

He was arrested after an FIR was filed against him and his MLA wife Nirmala Devi in connection with a case of violence last year at NTPC’s Pakri Barwadih’s R and R Colony at Dhenga while leading a farmers’ rally.

Subsequently both of them were arrested on different dates and remanded to judicial custody before Devi was released on bail in October this year.

Sao was granted bail by the Principal District and Sessions Court, Hazaribagh before the CCA was invoked against him.

His wife raised the issue on December 16 in the ongoing Winter session of the Assembly and demanded revocation of the Act.

The state government rejected the demand saying Sao was booked under several sections of thr IPC including 307 and Arms Act and was allegedly protecting a criminal outfit.

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