Statesman News Service
Lucknow/Kanpur, 6 January
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday denied that cases against  the Muzaffarnagar riot accused had been withdrawn. 
He affirmed that information regarding the persons booked in the riots was being gathered.
Replying to media queries on the count, shortly after addressing the ‘UP-Canada conference on opportunities in investments and trade with specific reference to small business’ the chief minister said the information was being gathered following a letter from the Union government. The letter had sought information on whether innocent people had been booked for the riots. The chief minister said till such time as the requisite information was not gathered the GOI could not be apprised about the same.
He denied that any cases had been withdrawn against persons involved and booked in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Criminal cases had been lodged against three BSP leaders ~ Kadir Rana (MP), Noor Saleem Rana and Jameel Ahmad (both MLAs) ~ and seven others for  making inflammatory speeches at a public meeting in Muzaffarnagar on 30 August, 2013. Five of the accused, including Rana, Saleem Rana and Jameel Ahmad, were jailed in the case and are at present out on bail.
Following the letter from GOI, the state government sent a letter to the Muzaffarnagar district magistrate in which it sought information on 13 points, including whether the case could be withdrawn in public interest. It has also sought the opinion of the district superintendent and the prosecuting officer.

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