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Rajendra Rathore accuses CM Gehlot of failing to punish Kanhaiya’s killers

The state government has failed to set up the promised fast-track court even after six months: Rathore

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July 2, 2023, 9:57 am

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BJP leader Rajendra Rathore.

JAIPUR: In a response to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s allegations against Union Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the delayed punishment of the culprits in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case, Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore has accused the CM of being responsible for the lack of justice even after one year.

Rathore pointed out that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed the charge sheet in the Udaipur Sessions Court on December 22, 2022.

According to Section 9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), it is the state’s duty to establish fast-track courts for the speedy trial of criminal cases. Despite assurances from the CM, the state government has failed to set up the promised fast-track court even after six months, raising doubts about their commitment to justice in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case, similar to the Jaipur bomb blast case.

Highlighting the constitutional responsibility of the State Government to maintain law and order, as specified in Entry 1 and 2 of List 2 (State List) of the Seventh Schedule under Article 246 of the Constitution, Rathore criticized the state government for its inability to fulfill this obligation.

Rathore further accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of allowing a banned organization like PFI to hold a hijab rally in Kota, inviting Asif Hasadi (the main accused in the Chhabra violence) to the Chief Minister’s residence for an Iftar party, and poor handling of the Jaipur bomb blast case. He emphasized that the CM cannot deflect attention from his government’s failures in law and order by making unfounded comments.

The Leader of Opposition also highlighted the plight of two youths, Shakti Singh and Prahlad, who played an active role in apprehending the accused in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case. Despite assurances from the government to provide security and support, both youths have been left vulnerable and without any protection. Rathore emphasized the disparity between the government’s promises and its actions.

Rathore called attention to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s recent attack on Union Home Minister Amit Shah, where he accused Shah of politicizing serious issues like terrorism. Rathore clarified that it was the Rajasthan Police who arrested Kanhaiya Lal’s killers, Riyaz Attari and Ghaus Mohammed, within four hours of the incident.

The case was later transferred to the NIA on July 2. Rathore called for an inquiry into the possible involvement of BJP leaders who aided the killers and questioned the delay in filing a charge sheet in a seemingly straightforward case, as well as the lack of punishment for the culprits.

First published: July 1, 2023