Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan’s comment on Bulandshahr gangrape suggesting that the gang-rape of the woman and her teen daughter was a “political conspiracy” has landed the minister in a soup.
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Hearing a plea of the father of the Bulandshahr gang rape victim that the trial in the case be shifted out of Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and Minister Azam Khan in the matter.
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The court has given Khan three weeks to respond to its notice and until then, the CBI inquiry into the case is on hold.
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It also appointed jurist and senior lawyer FS Nariman as amicus curiae in the matter which will now be taken up after three weeks.
The incident happened on the night of July 29 when a group of highway robbers stopped the car of the Noida-based family and sexually assaulted the woman and her daughter on the highway near Bulandshahr after dragging them out of the vehicle.
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In the plea filed in the apex court through lawyer Kislay Pandey, the petitioner said the probe should be conducted by “some other competent agency”.
The plea said Mr. Khan’s statement “substantially outrages” the “modesty” of the victims and their family. It sought “appropriate damages” for the victims besides a direction that the State and others, including the DGP, be stopped from infringing on the fundamental right to life of the victims.
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The plea said, “Azam Khan called a press conference and publicly insulted petitioner by terming the entire incident a political conspiracy only and nothing else and thereby caused various acts and deeds being substantially outrageous to the modesty of the petitioner.”