Law will take its course in Mahavir Prasad case: Congress

February 11th, 2009 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday said law will take its own course in the case of Union Micro, Small and Medium Industries Minister Mahavir Prasad who has been named in a January 2008 murder in Uttar Pradesh.”Law will take its own course. The case has been registered on the instructions of (Allahabad) High Court and it would be inappropriate to comment on the court’s order,” Congress spokesperson and minister of state for Home Affairs Shakeel Ahmad told IANS.

Hoping Prasad would come out clean in the episode, Ahmad said: “Prasadji has been made a co-accused in a case that was registered as an accident in the beginning. I hope that Prasadji, a politician of long standing and clean image, would come clean out of it.”

Prasad, a Congress leader, and two others were Tuesday night charged with killing a villager in Gorakhpur district’s Gagha area, about 270 km from Lucknow, allegedly over a property dispute, an Uttar Pradesh police official said.

The police action followed a direction from the Allahabad High Court.

Shubhawati of Ujjarpar village had registered a case in the Gagha police station against Prasad and two others, including village head Gauri Shanker, for killing her husband in January 2008.

She alleged that the three had run over her husband in a jeep.

An accident case was registered initially but Shubhawati later moved a local court in Gorakhpur that rejected her plea. Following this, Shubhawati moved the high court, which directed that Prasad be named as a co-accused in the murder case.

Prasad was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bansgaon in Gorakhpur in 2004. He has also earlier served as union minister in previous Congress governments. Besides, he has also served as governor of Haryana.

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