After the additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) in Prayagraj rejected an appeal seeking criminal prosecution against him, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya scored a significant victory in the suspected fake degree case.
The plea submitted by social activist Diwakar Tripathi under Section 156 (3) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was denied by ACJM Namrata Singh, who stated that prima facie, no cognizable offense appeared to have been committed. According to Singh, the application was refused because it was deemed “baseless and groundless.”
According to the complaint, Maurya was accused of using fraudulent educational degrees to run in five elections and get a petrol pump. Gulab Chandra Agrahri, the district government’s criminal lawyer, informed reporters that the additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) court ordered the police to conduct a preliminary investigation into the deputy chief minister’s suspected bogus degrees.
The ACJM had ordered the Cantonment station house officer in Prayagraj to submit a report to the deputy chief minister on the authenticity of the Uttar Madhyama second-year degree issued by the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan in Prayagraj, as well as the allegation that Maurya used fake certificates in his election affidavit.
After completing an investigation, the police issued a report stating that none of the claimed crimes occurred within the jurisdiction of Prayagraj’s Cantt police station. As a result, the Cantt police did not file an FIR in response to Tripathi’s application.
Furthermore, according to the police report, the applicant did not get the claimed phony degrees from any genuine sources, instead of filing only xerox copies of the certificates, which were not trustworthy proof. Furthermore, the petitioner did not submit a complaint against Maurya with the Election Commission.