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Last Updated: Monday, 14 November 2005, 17:36 GMT
Politician held on terror charge
By Ram Dutt Tripathi
BBC News, Lucknow

A court in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has denied bail to a prominent politician facing charges under old anti-terror laws.

Raghuraj Pratap Singh was remanded in judicial custody until 26 November.

Mr Singh appeared before a judge in the city of Kanpur on Monday following an order by India's Supreme court.

He resigned from the state cabinet last week after the Supreme Court ordered that Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) charges be reinstated against him.

Cases reviewed

Raghuraj Pratap Singh was charged in 2003 after police found weapons in his house, but the charges were dropped when the Samajwadi Party - which Mr Singh supports - came to power in the Uttar Pradesh.

Pota was repealed in September 2004 - Mr Singh's case was one many reviewed by judges.

The law was withdrawn by the federal government 14 months ago, following allegations of its misuse.

But the government said all pending Pota cases would be reviewed.

Mr Singh will be tried in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh.


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