In a significant turn of events, prominent Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan finds himself in the midst of further difficulties as the government challenges the order for acquittal in the hate speech case in the High Court. This development comes after the ACJM 1 Court of Rampur sentenced Azam Khan to three years in the provocative speech case on October 27. However, on May 24, 2023, the MP-MLA Sessions Court acquitted him, leading to the defense party’s decision to appeal the Sessions Court’s orders in the High Court. The defense party has already submitted all the necessary appeal material to the District Magistrate of Rampur, who is now forwarding it to the government. This article delves into the details of the case, the current proceedings, and the implications for Azam Khan.
The Background of the Case
During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rampur witnessed several cases of Model Code of Conduct violations. Among these cases was one registered at the Milak police station, where Azam Khan was accused of making derogatory remarks and inciting the public to vote against the then District Magistrate and other senior officials. These allegations of hate speech led to legal proceedings against Azam Khan.
The Initial Conviction and Subsequent Appeal
Following the registration of the case, the ACJM 1 Court of Rampur delivered its verdict, sentencing Azam Khan to three years in prison for the provocative speech. Dissatisfied with the court’s decision, Azam Khan appealed against the order in the MP-MLA Sessions Court. The Sessions Court, after careful consideration, acquitted Azam Khan on May 24, 2023, thereby overturning the initial conviction.
The Government’s Challenge in the High Court
Despite the acquittal, the Yogi government is now gearing up to challenge the order in the High Court. Recognizing the significance of the case, the government intends to appeal against the acquittal, presenting its arguments and evidence to the higher judicial authority. The defense party has sent all the appeal material to the District Magistrate of Rampur, who will forward it to the government for filing the appeal in the High Court.
The Significance of the Appeal
The appeal filed by the government in the High Court carries immense importance in determining the final outcome of the hate speech case involving Azam Khan. The higher court will scrutinize the evidence, evaluate the legal aspects, and make a decision that will shape the future course of action in this case. The government’s challenge indicates its commitment to holding individuals accountable for hate speech and maintaining law and order in the state.
1. What was Azam Khan accused of in the hate speech case?
Azam Khan was accused of making derogatory remarks and appealing to the public to vote against the then District Magistrate and other senior officials during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
2. What was the verdict of the ACJM 1 Court of Rampur?
The ACJM 1 Court of Rampur sentenced Azam Khan to three years in prison in the provocative speech case.
3. When did Azam Khan appeal against the initial conviction?
Azam Khan appealed against the ACJM 1 Court’s order in the MP-MLA Sessions Court.