Under the law, called the Uttar Pradesh Criminal Law (Composition of Offences and Abatement of Trials) (Amendment) Act, 2017, 20,000 cases against politicians will be withdrawn. "These 20,000 cases are not serious and have been pending for a very long time," the chief minister had said on Friday last.
The case against Yogi Adityanath involves flouting prohibitory orders to hold a public meeting in his home turf Gorakhpur in 1995. Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP lawmaker Sheetal Pandey were also named as accused in the case.
"It has started with Yogi Adityanath and now, all politicians are hoping that their cases will be withdrawn," said Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, who was chief minister before Yogi Adityanath took over.