From: P.Esakkimuthu <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 5:26 PM
Subject: [untouchabilityeradicationfront] Ex-BSP worker gets a case registered against minister under SC/ST Act
Ex-BSP worker gets a case registered against minister under SC/ST Act
A case was registered against a cabinet minister of Mayawati government and seven of his supporters under SC/ST Act and IPC sections in Sitapur district on Monday night following a local court's order.
Interestingly, the complaint on the basis of which the case has been registered against Ramhet Bharti — Cabinet Minister for Election, Consumer Protection, and Weights and Measures — was filed by a former Bahujan Samaj Party worker, Moolchand Gautam.
Gautam, who was recently expelled from the primary membership of the BSP, had approached Chief Judicial Magistrate court of Sitapur on November 2 alleging that Bharti, his supporter Kuldip and six others had issued life threats to him for withdrawing the case registered against Kuldip which was filed three months ago.
He had also alleged that the minister's men were demanding money, said Sitapur Superintendent of Police (SP), Jyoti Narayan.
The case against Bharti and his supporters have been filed under IPC sections 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and SC/ST Act.
Primary investigation has revealed that Gautam had a dispute with minister's supporter over some local issues, said the SP. Gautam had been jailed twice in 2007 and 2009 in separate cases of assault and is known for lodging complaints against his rivals.
Bharti, meanwhile, denied any links with Kuldip and six other persons named in the case. "I have never met or had any association with the persons named in the FIR who have been referred to as my supporters. The allegations of threatening and demanding for extortion are baseless," the minister said.
He, however, admitted knowing Gautam. "Gautam had been a partyworker earlier, but was expelled following his activities. Recently, he had called me up twice seeking some monetary help, but I refused to help him," he added.
Charges against Ramhet Bharti and his seven supporters
386(extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt)
504(intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace)
506(punishment for criminal intimidation)
Also under SC/ST Act
SOURCE:INDIAN EXPRESS COM. 17.11.10