No action against accused under the anti-conversion ordinance: AAG notifies Allahabad High court

The AAG for the government of Uttar Pradesh has assured the Allahabad High Court that no action will be taken against a petitioner who was previously given interim arrest protection after being booked under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 (Nadeem v. State of Uttar Pradesh).

Nadeem, who was convicted under Sections 3 and 5 of the Ordinance, filed a legal petition. The Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Judge Saurabh Shyam Shamshery gave interim cover to the accused on the previous date of the hearing.

When the matter was brought before the Court for a hearing on 18 January, the AAG told the Court that no action had been brought against the defendant under the new Ordinance.

IIn addition to Sections 3 and 5 of the Ordinance, the petitioner was charged under Sections 504, 506, and 120B of IPC.

Having regard to the argument made by the AAG, the Court observed that the inquiry was to be carried out against the petitioner solely on the grounds of offenses under the Indian Penal Code. the matter will be heard next soon.

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