The Uttar Pradesh Police have booked journalist Vineet Narain and two others—Alka Lahoti and Rajneesh—for leveling allegations against Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader and general secretary of Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, Champat Rai. Narain in his Facebook post alleged that Champat Rai was involved in a land grab case.
The trio has been booked based on a complaint by the brother of Champat Rai—who has been facing questions over the controversial land deals in Ayodhya. Rai and his brothers have been given a ‘clean chit’ by the Bijnor police chief. He called it a prima facie inquiry. Investigations are continuing, he said.
Narain in his Facebook post also attached an application that had details of a cowshed belonging to Alka Lahoti, who has also been booked by police.
The FIR filed by Sanjay Bansal reads: “All that was said in the post was false and fabricated… Vineet Narain has hatched a conspiracy with Alka and the other accused against the family. The sentiments of crores of Hindus have been hurt and there is a possibility of social order being disturbed.”
Police have booked Narain, his aide Rajneesh and Lahoti under 14 sections of the IPC and two sections of the IT Act.
Post against Champat Rai
Earlier on June 18, Narain, who is currently working with an NGO engaged in environmental protection, alleged in a social media post that Rai had a role to play in Lahoti’s land grabbing case. According to the complainant, when he contacted Narain over the allegations, his aide Rajneesh abused and threatened him.
Narain is known for pursuing the legal case in the hawala scam of the early 90s, in which several politicians and bureaucrats were chargesheeted. It was his PIL that led to crucial Supreme Court rulings concerning the appointment of the CBI director.
What police said
In a statement, Bijnor police chief Dr Dharm Vir Singh said, “The local police are investigating. Champat Rai is a senior leader of the VHP and a member of the Ram Temple Trust and the accusations against him by the accused are baseless and prima facie the accusations against his relatives are baseless too. We are ascertaining all the facts.”
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