The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea filed by former Uttar Pradesh minister Angad Yadav challenging an Allahabad High Court order cancelling the bail granted to him and also vacating the stay on his conviction in a 1995 murder case.
A bench comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha refused to interfere with the high court’s April 17 this year order and granted him liberty to request the high court to dispose of his pending criminal appeal within six months.
“We are not inclined to interfere with the impugned judgement (of high court) cancelling the bail and recalling the order of suspension of conviction and sentence. The only relief that can be given to the petitioner (Yadav) is that he can request the high court to dispose of the pending criminal appeal within six months,” the bench said.
Yadav had moved the top court challenging the high court’s April 17 order.
The high court had passed the order on an application filed by the state seeking cancellation of bail granted to Yadav on November 23, 2000 after he was convicted by a trial court in a murder case lodged in 1995.
The state had also filed another application in the high court seeking vacation of the stay granted on his conviction in the case. The high court had noted in its order that several cases were lodged against Yadav.
The state had told the high court that after Yadav was enlarged on bail, he along with others had allegedly murdered an advocate on December 19, 2015 and an FIR was lodged in this regard in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
Yadav’s counsel had opposed the contentions of the state and claimed before the high court that he was not involved in the lawyer’s murder and was roped in due to “political rivalry”.
The high court had observed in its order that Yadav had got bail and also a stay on his conviction but after securing the relief, he was allegedly involved in another murder case.