LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday informed the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court that there was no ‘love jihad’ in the state, during the hearing of a PIL seeking a ban on word the ‘love jihad.’
A division Bench comprising Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Narayan Shukla directed the UP government’s counsel to file a reply within two weeks with regard to the PIL. The Election Commission of India, the UP government, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Kalraj Mishra have been made respondents in the petition.
On behalf of the state government, Additional Advocate General Bulbul Godiyal informed the court that there was “no existence of Love Jihad” in UP.
The AAG further said a CB-CID probe was underway against Adityanath.
On the AAG’s request, the court provided two weeks’ time to the state to file a counter affidavit.