A particular UP ATS courtroom has directed investigating authorities to invoke extra severe sections of the Indian Penal Code in opposition to eight accused arrested in an unlawful conversion case. Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad had appeared earlier than the courtroom to allow them to embody sections 121a (conspiracy to wage conflict in opposition to Government of India) and 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage conflict) within the FIR in opposition to the accused. The courtroom has additionally summoned the accused to the subsequent listening to on September 14.
Earlier, the ATS workforce had approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Lucknow with their attraction to incorporate the sections within the FIR. In their software, the ATS mentioned that within the investigation, they discovered that the group was not simply concerned in unlawful conversion, however the accused additionally wished to disrupt the inhabitants steadiness and create a rift between folks of various religions.
The ATS additionally claimed that there was a conspiracy to problem the unity, variety and sovereignty of India. The CJM, nonetheless, discovered that the native courtroom doesn’t have the authority to cross selections referring to sections 121 and 123 of the IPC.
The authorities then moved to the Special ATS Court with their attraction to incorporate the consequential sections of the IPC. The accused Umar Gautam, Mufti Jahangir Kasmi, Irfan Sheikh, Salauddin Zainuddin Sheikh, Prasad Rameshwar Kavre alias Adam, Arslan alias Bhupriya Bando, Kausar Alam and Faraz Shah at the moment are additionally booked below sections 121a and 123 of IPC.
The eight accused have been already charged with sections 417, 120b, 153a, 153b, 295a, 298 and Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Act, 2021.
Uttar Pradesh had handed the anti-conversion invoice earlier this yr. The invoice penalises those that undertake conversions by way of marriage, deceit, coercion or incitement.
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