Update on Aug 13, 11;05 am ist
Jhansi. Fifteen accused, including former Union Minister of State Pradeep Jain Aditya, were acquitted by the special MP-MLA court in the case of uproar in Hansari Electricity Sub Station about fifteen years ago. All of them were acquitted on the ground of lack of evidence.In this case, the accused were accused of causing damage to government property worth 40 lakhs as well as disrupting the very sensitive Parichha grid. After being acquitted by the court, former Union Minister Pradeep Jain has told the victory of justice.
According to the government prosecution, on April 7, 2006, the then MLA Pradeep Jain Aditya, along with his supporters, had reached the Hansari sub-station due to a power problem. It was alleged that during this time the crowd got uncontrollable and entered the 132 KB substation.The crowd obstructed Parichha-1 and Parichha-2 feeders. Due to this, the railway section between Jhansi and Lalitpur was stalled for about two hours. The grid was also at risk due to the interruption of the feeder.
In this case, a case was registered at Premnagar police station against the then MLA Pradeep Jain, then Congress city president Naresh Chand Bilatia and fifteen others under sections 332, 427 of IPC and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. All the accused were accused of causing damage to government property worth Rs 40 lakh. In 2008, the court framed the charges. After that the matter reached Special Judge MP-MLA, Additional Sessions Judge Court. Advocates Vivek Vajpai, Gyanendra Tiwari and Bhim Prakash Tripathi, appearing for the former Union Minister, defended the whole matter as fabricated. On the other hand, the prosecution produced witnesses but, no strong evidence could be produced from their side to substantiate the charges.After hearing both the sides, the court gave the benefit of doubt in the absence of evidence, former minister Pradeep Jain Aditya, former president Naresh Chand Bilatia, former councilor Mukesh Aggarwal, president Imtiaz Hussain, city president Arvind Vashisht, Anil Batta, HP Patel, Sanjay Babele, Brijendra Rai, Afzal Hussain, Rakesh Amaraya and Shriram Agarwal etc. were acquitted. Former minister Pradeep Jain has expressed happiness over this decision. They say that the agitation was done because of the huge problem of electricity but, a case was registered due to political issue. After fifteen years, justice has been done.