//Rajasthan Govt set to withdraw trishul cases

Rajasthan Govt set to withdraw trishul cases

JAIPUR, JANUARY 20: The BJP government in Rajasthan has decided to withdraw cases against VHP workers who were booked under the Arms Act by the previous government for distributing trishuls (tridents) at public ceremonies.

‘‘The government has begun the withdrawal as files on cases against VHP activists are increasingly being cleared. The case against VHP international general secretary Praveen Togadia, however, has not been withdrawn,’’ state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said.

The Home Department has sought reports of such cases against VHP activists from the district collectors.

‘‘We shall clear them in accordance with the law,’’ Kataria said, adding, that the Law Department would finally endorse the papers. The government has already withdrawn cases against six VHP activists who were booked by the police in 2002-03 for conducting trishul diksha in Ajmer.

The Vasundhara Raje government had lifted the ban on trishul diksha a few months after coming to power in the state.

The Indian Express, January 21, 2006