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Supreme Court upholds Allahabad HC Bail order to Accused in Lynching case

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Shivani Gadhavi

Published On: January 04, 2022 at 13:59 IST

The Supreme Court on January 3, 2022 put a stay on the Allahabad High Court’s order that ruled on granting Bail to the Accused in the lynching case of a police officer in Bulandshahr of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2018.

The Supreme Court order stated, “The matter is quite serious where under the pretext of cow slaughter, a police officer has been lynched. Prima facie, it is a case of people taking law into their own hand. We are of the view that Yogesh Raj should be asked to surrender within a period of seven days from today and thus to that extent, the impugned orders granting him bail are stayed.”

The Order of the stay comes after the Allahabad High Court granted Bail to the Accused, Raj, convenor of the Bajrang Dal Sayana Unit and Shikar Agarwal who is the President of Bhartiya Janata Party’s youth wing in Sayana. In December, 2021 the High Court in the Order granted Bail to several others along with the above mentioned two.

The case pertains to when a Station House Officer from Bulandshahr named Subodh Kumar Singh in 2018 was attacked by a mob of 400 people because he tried to maintain peace in the area after violence broke out over there due to rumors of cow slaughter.

The Apex Court also observed, “We call for a report from the trial Court, Bulandshahr, as to how much time do, they need to frame the charges and to record the testimonies of the independent witnesses.”