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Police to seek court permission to probe Haji Yakub case


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh police today said it would begin a probe into a case against former minister and BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi for his controversial comments defending the terror attack on French weekly Charlie Hebdo after seeking the court’s permission.

“We will seek permission of the court before probing the matter”, IG law and Order, A Satish Ganesh told reporters here.

As per provisions, court’s permission is needed to probe such cases, Ganesh said, adding, police would follow the process.

A case under section 505 1 (c) (with intent to incite, or likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) of the IPC was registered against Qureshi last night in the Kotwali police station on the complaint of Inspector Lal Singh.

Qureshi had yesterday courted controversy when he sought to defend the terror attack on the French magazine, saying whoever shows disrespect to the Prophet will invite death.

Four of France’s most famous cartoonists were among the dozen people killed on Wednesday when gunmen attacked the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo.