The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today hit out at the Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh Government for defending state minister Ram Murti Singh Verma, who has been accused and named for his alleged involvement in the murder of Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh.
Speaking to a news agency BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that the state government was trying to protect Verma instead of following the rule of law.
“The incident had happened on June 1. He died on June 8. And on June 13, an order for suspension has come. Is suspension some kind of a punishment? Once again a minister is being protected. The government is trying to protect its minister instead of following the rule of law,” BJP leader Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.
As per latest reports, the Uttar Pradesh government has suspended five policemen for their alleged role in the killing of the journalist. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik had also urged Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to take all necessary action regarding the entire episode.