Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan has once again landed himself in trouble as he was sent Supreme Court’s notice on September 27, with regards to the statement he made against Bulandshahr rape victims.
Khan, who is the senior most minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s UP cabinet, in August had called the woman and her teen daughter, who were gang-raped in Bulandshahr a “Political Conspiracy”.
The apex court has now served a notice to Khan to explain to the CBI why he made such comments with regards to rape.
In August 2016, the Supreme Court had stopped the CBI’s investigation while it determined if Khan’s remarks violate the right to free speech.
The court had also wanted to examine whether a person holding a public office can make such comments which can impact the “victim in distress”.
They will also see if his comments can affect the fair probe and whether a statement like that “defeats constitutional sensitivity”.
In July 2016, a woman and her teen daughter were assaulted and gang-raped in Bulandshahr fields near NH-91 while men in their family were tied up nearby.
File photo of victims father, addressing the press. NDTV
After Khan’s insensitive statement, the teen victim, and her family had approached Supreme Court to penalize Azam for his comments and to monitor the ongoing investigation.