Allahabad High Court summons Lower Court Record in Criminal Appeal of Dhananjay Singh

Former Member of Parliament (MP) from Jaunpur, Dhananjay Singh, has challenged the sentence awarded by a special MP-MLA court. The appeal, which challenges the seven-year imprisonment sentence given for the alleged kidnapping of Namami Gange Project Manager Abhinav Singhal, extortion, intimidation, and criminal conspiracy, could not proceed due to the state government’s failure to file objections.

Justice Sanjay Kumar Singh’s single-judge bench, hearing the appeals of Dhananjay Singh and Santosh Vikram Singh, has now called for the record from the special MP-MLA court and a response from the state government by April 22nd. The court’s decision to postpone the hearing until April 24th.

The absence of objections from the state government and the unavailability of court records from the MP-MLA court have contributed to the delay in hearing the appeals.

These developments have further complicated Dhananjay Singh’s political future, as the seven-year sentence currently impedes his ability to contest elections. The continuous postponements in the Allahabad High Court add to the uncertainties surrounding his political career, which has been in limbo since the sentence was first handed down seven years ago.

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