24 May 2023

Mohammad Azam Khan Acquitted In Hate Speech Case


Rampur: Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan was on Wednesday acquitted by an MP-MLA court in a three-year-old hate speech case in which he was sentenced to three years imprisonment by a lower court, the defence counsel said.

Azam's counsel Jubair Ahmed said that the MP-MLA court of Additional District Judge (ADJ) Veer Singh set aside the order of the lower court and acquitted the SP leader. He claimed that the court held the evidence on the basis of which Azam was convicted by the lower court as invalid.


Azam was disqualified from membership of UP Legislative Assembly


Azam Khan along with his son and former MLA Abdullah Azam was present in the court at the time of the order. It may be noted that Azam was disqualified from the membership of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly after being convicted by the lower court in October last year.

It may be noted that on October 27, 2022 the MP-MLA court in Rampur held Azam Khan guilty of giving provocative speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then District Magistrate of Rampur and sentenced him to three years imprisonment along with a penalty of Rs 25,000.

The MP-MLA court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate-I Nishant Man later granted bail to Azam and gave him one week time to appeal in the higher court.

It may be mentioned that Azam was accused of making indecent comments against PM Modi and the then DM during an election rally in Milak during Lok Sabha polls. Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) Anil Kumar Chauhan had lodged an FIR against Azam in this connection at Milak police station in 2019.

At that time ADO Chauhan was posted as the in-charge of the video monitoring section. It may be mentioned that initially Lok Sabha member, Azam Khan resigned from the lower house after being elected to UP assembly.

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