05, Feb 2018 | Teesta Setalvad
On February 1, 2018 the Allahabad High Court rejected petitioner and injured victim, Rasheed Khan’s petition pressing his right to be heard during the trial related to serial criminal offences (in 2007) that involved inciteful speeches of Adityanath and others that caused deaths and destruction of minority property. The proceedings expose the tardy prosecution in the case, including the period when the Samajwadi party was in government. Today, of course, the BJP rules the state and has influence over the prosecutorial wing.
Advocate S.F.A. Naqvi, petitioner’s advocate speaks to CJP on the judgement, that in effect is a blow to Victimology in human rights jurisprudence, a right that the Indian Supreme Court and High Courts have been increasingly asserting. The judgement of the Allahabd HC turns the clock back on rights jurisprudence when even the Indian legislature (2009), had amended the Code of Criminal Procedure to ensure the participation of the complainant
and victim at all stages during trial. Listen to this exclusive audio interview.