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SP MLA Azam Khan gets 3-yr jail term in hate speech case, granted bail

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on the Rampur MLA

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan

Press Trust of India Bareilly (UP)
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was on Thursday convicted in a 2019 hate speech case and sent to three years in jail, and faces disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

The MP/MLA court in Rampur also granted bail to the MLA in that case, a government lawyer said.

The Representation of the People Act says that anyone sentenced to imprisonment of two years or more shall be disqualified "from the date of such conviction" and remain disqualified for another six years after serving time in jail.

The Speaker can start the disqualification proceedings either suo motu or after receiving an application on this.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on the Rampur MLA, advocate Ajay Tiwari said.

The case was registered against Khan in Rampur in April 2019 for levelling serious allegations against administrative officials posted in Rampur and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during an election meeting.

The Special MP/MLA court of Rampur found Khan guilty under Sections 153-A (inciting religious feelings), 505-A (giving false statement intended to create feelings of enmity, hatred or animosity between different communities) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 125 (promoting animosity between different classes in connection with elections) of the Representation of the People Act. The court sentenced him to three years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 6,000 on him, government advocate Ajay Tiwari said.

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Khan was booked for making inflammatory speeches while addressing a public meeting in Khatanagaria village of Milak Kotwali area.

The video of Khan's statement also went viral.

Emerging out of the court after the verdict, Khan in his first comments said bail is a mandatory provision of the law.

"I have firm belief in justice," he told reporters.

Khan was released from jail earlier this year after the Supreme Court granted him interim bail in a cheating case.

He spent nearly two years in jail.

The Samajwadi Party leader faces nearly 90 cases, including that of corruption and theft.

The veteran SP leader had won from Rampur Sadar assembly seat in the recent UP Assembly polls for a record 10th time.

After becoming MLA, he resigned as Lok Sabha MP from Rampur which he had won in the 2019 election.

Heavy security deployment was made outside the Rampur court as well as in Rampur keeping in view the court hearing.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Oct 27 2022 | 5:51 PM IST

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