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Bulandshahr rape: SC refers Azam Khan's case to five-judge bench

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Thursday referred to a five-judge constitution bench the matter which involves whether a minister can claim under the right to 'freedom of speech' to speak contrary to the Central Government's statute and policy.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, was hearing the case involving then Minister and senior leader Azam Khan's alleged statement terming the Bulandshahr gang rape case as a 'political conspiracy' to defame the former governmnet.

Amicus Curiae in the apex had claimed that the ministers are bound by constitutional mandate of collective responsibility and can't speak contrary to govt policy.

Earlier in December, the apex had accepted the unconditional apology tendered by Khan in connection with the Bulandshahr gang-rape case.

Earlier, the lifted its order staying the (CBI) probe into the Bulandshahr gang rape case.

The apex modified its order after the investigative agency, moved to the asking to vacate its stay on the ongoing probe.

The incident took place earlier on the intervening night of 29-30 July when a 35-year-old woman and her daughter were allegedly gang-raped by a group of robbers in Bulandshahr district.

The victims were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with the other family members when their vehicle was stopped near a cycle repairing shop in Dostpur village on NH-9, which connects Noida and Bulandshahr.

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 15:28 IST