New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to withdraw all three criminal cases against actor Sanjay Dutt, which were lodged during the Mayawati government before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In April 2009, three FIRs were lodged against Sanjay Dutt under different sections of IPC and the Representation of People Act. Dutt, then general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, was booked for making derogatory remarks against Mayawati in Barabanki, Mau and Pratapgarh districts during 2009 poll campaigns.

After investigating the case, police had filed chargesheets against the actor. The local courts in the three districts issued summons to Dutt. Later, the actor moved to High Court. The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court stayed the proceedings in the cases filed in Pratapgarh and Barabanki. In May, the court stayed the proceedings in the case filed in Mau.

At that time, the SP had decided to field Dutt from Lucknow but the Supreme Court did not allow him to contest elections. The SP then fielded Nafisa Ali and Dutt decided to campaign for the party.

(JPN/Bureau)

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