Lucknow: An activist, who has been pursuing a criminal case in various courts against Uttar Pradesh Chief Yogi Adityanath since 2007, has been arrested allegedly for raping a woman. Superintendent of Police (City) Vinay Singh said the woman was allegedly raped by 64-year-old Parvez Parvaz and another man, Mahmood alias Jumman, described as an ‘occultist’.

A medical examination has confirmed rape, he said. The officer said the woman was assaulted when she had gone to Jumman for treatment of some ailment. Parvaz was arrested on Tuesday evening from a house in Nakhas area of Kotwali police station jurisdiction and was remanded in judicial custody on Wednesday. Police are on the lookout for his accomplice Jumman, the officer said.

Parvaz had lodged an FIR at Kotwali police station in Gorakhpur against Yogi and others on January 27, 2007, allegedly for promoting communal hatred between two sections of the society. It was alleged that Adityanath’s “hate speech” had triggered several incidents of violence that day. The violence had continued for a few days.

Though a magisterial court later had taken cognizance of the charge sheet against Yogi, the sessions court had set aside the magisterial court’s order. Parvaz then had moved the Allahabad High Court against the sessions court order.

Though the high court dismissed his plea against the sessions court order, he subsequently moved the Supreme Court. The apex court last month sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s stand on his plea challenging the dropping of the 2007 Gorakhpur riots case involving Yogi.