Meerut: The Uttar Pradesh Police has sought permission to prosecute ruling BSP MLA Haji Yaqoob Qureshi in a 2006 case for announcing a reward for killing the Danish cartoonist who drew caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.
Yaqoob Qureshi, then a minister, had announced a cash reward of Rs 51 crore for beheading Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard on February 17, 2006.
A complaint was registered against Qureshi for making derogatory remarks against Westergaard in Delhi Gate Police Station in Meerut.
The Special Investigation Team of the Police, which conducted an inquiry into the complaint, found Qureshi guilty of making derogatory remarks against the Danish cartoonist.
Meerut DIG JN Singh said investigations were completed during the tenure of former Meerut DIG Akhil Kumar and permission was sought in June last from the state government to prosecute Qureshi.
The police has again sought permission for Qureshi's prosecution.