Samajwadi Party's senior leader and Rampur MLA Azam Khan has been sentenced to three years in jail and slapped with Rs 2,000 fine in a hate speech case filed against him in 2019. The MPand MLA court in UP's Rampur had earlier in the day convicted Khan in the case. Now, it has announced the quantum of punishment in the case.
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan & 2 other accused sentenced to 3 years in prison along with a fine of Rs 2000 in the hate speech case of 2019. pic.twitter.com/TZGRB5j6FO— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2022
What the verdict means for Khan: With nearly three years of imprisonment, Khan will also now have to tender resignation from his MLA post. He had won the seat in 2022 against BJP candidate Akash Saxena.
What was the case? An FIR was filed against Azam Khan by BJP leader Akash Saxena for making provocative remarks against UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and IAS officer Aunjaneya Kumar Singh, the then DM of Rampur in 2019.
The FIR was filed under section 153a (promoting enmity between two groups), 505-1 (statement conducting to public mischief) and section 125 of the Representation of People Act 1951.
What Khan had said: Azam Khan while campaigning for the SP-BSP coalition in 2019 had called the DM a salaried guy and asked the people not to be scared of him.
"Dekhi hai Mayawati ji ki photo, kaisi bade-bade afsar rumaal nikal ke joote saaf kar rahe hai...haan unhi se hai gathbandhan. unhi se joote saaf karaonga inse Allah ne chaha (Haven't you seen photos where big government officers are seen wiping the shoes of Mayawati ji. Yes, we have tie-up with Mayawati only this time. Will make them again wipe Mayawati's shoes, if God wills," Azam Khan had said in the video.