Akhilesh Govt moved to bury 19 cases against political leaders

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

ON SUNDAY afternoon, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi joined hands to underline the theme of their alliance for the assembly elections next month — progress, prosperity and clean governance. On one issue, at least, that’s easier said than done.

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An investigation of official records by The Indian Express has revealed that over the last five years, the SP government moved to bury at least 19 cases against senior political leaders from the state. These covered a wide range of alleged offences: from rioting, fraud and kidnapping to extortion and, in one case, even culpable homicide not amounting to murder.