The High Court has acquitted senior state CPM leader Rakesh Singha, who was sentenced by the Sessions court, Rampur, for two years rigorous imprisonment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from duty.

The order of his acquittal was passed by Justice Surinder Singh on an appeal filed by Singha and the other co-accused before the High Court seeking his acquittal on the grounds of material contradictions and the case not having been proved against them by the prosecution in accordance with the law.

Singha, the then Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU) leader, was accused of instigating the workers of Naptha Jhakri Hydro Power Project on strike from resuming work during a strike in 1999. He was accused of hatching a conspiracy whereby the workers whereby the workers clashed with the security personnel leading to the loss of property and the death of a labourer Dev Dutt Bhatt.