PRAYAGRAJ, Jan. 17 -- The Allahabad High Court has stayed the arrest of one Neeraj Kishor Mishra, who, while taking part in a protest against Hathras gang rape case, said that 'the chief minister of UP is a man of thick skin'.

Hearing a writ petition filed by Mishra of Kasganj district, a division bench comprising justice Anjani Kumar Mishra and justice Shekhar Kumar Yadav directed the state government to file its reply (counter affidavit) within four weeks and directed to list this case after six weeks.

The allegation made in the first information report (FIR) was that the incident took place on October 1, 2020, at about 6pm, in Hathras district. It is alleged that the Balmiki Samaj created a disturbance by giving speeches by saying that...