Uttar Pradesh

BJP MLA Sureshwar Singh Faces Two-Year Jail Term and Disqualification Threat in Legal Showdown

Uttar Pradesh Court's Verdict Casts Uncertainty on Singh's Political Future, Adding Complexity to the State's Political Landscape

The Uttar Pradesh court slapped Sureshwar Singh, BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh, with two years in jail and a 2000 rupees fine. The verdict could impact his political career and position in the Assembly. He was charged with criminal intimidation and obstruction of a public official for twenty-one years.

Singh’s political career has raised questions about his dismissal from the Assembly. The judge, Anupam Dixit, issued the judgment on Thursday but only made it public on Friday. It adds more suspense to the unfolding story.

Singh, who represents the Mahasi constituency in Bahraich, is charged with legal issues under sections 506 (criminal intimidation) and 353 (assault or force against a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), along with the severe provisions of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.

Following the court’s decision, Singh’s lawyer, Brij Pal Singh, requested bail. The lawyer said he would appeal against the decision,” emphasizing their commitment to challenging the legal outcome.

Given that Singh faces a two-year prison sentence and the prospect of being expelled from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, his disqualification is a significant worry. According to the Representation of the People Act (RPA) 1951, a public representative who receives a sentence of two years or longer will instantly lose their election. It also clouded Singh’s political trajectory.

On September 2, 2002, Singh reportedly forcefully entered the office of Mahasi tehsil SDM Lal Mani Mishra. The situation disrupted official work, and Singh was accused of blocking a public servant from his work, making threats, and misbehaving with officials.

The court’s decision emphasizes the stakes, mentioning that if Singh doesn’t pay the fine, he could face an additional seven days in jail. This legal issue follows Singh’s acquittal in a 1995 triple-murder case in September 2019 due to insufficient evidence. However, luck has turned, and Singh is now facing a different legal situation.

Uttar Pradesh’s political scene saw four winning MLAs removed from the last Assembly elections. Singh’s case adds complexity to the ongoing story.

Singh’s political future is uncertain as the legal story unfolds, creating waves in Uttar Pradesh’s political circles. The upcoming appeal is crucial, with the potential to reshape Singh’s political path and the balance of power in the state. Only time will tell how this legal tale becomes part of Uttar Pradesh’s political story.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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