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SC pulls up Azam Khan for calling Bulandshahr rape case a 'political conspiracy'
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan and sought an explanation for his comments on the Bulandshahr gangrape case.

In the notice, the SC has asked Khan that why a criminal case should not be lodged against him.

"Why should people in power and authority make such statement which shakes faith of victim in justice delivery system," the court asked.

Khan had said that the Bulandshahr gangrape case was a 'political conspiracy', created to defame the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh.

"We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame the government. People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests," Khan had said.

The court also questioned whether such statements should be called freedom of speech or do they defeat the principles of constitutional compassion.

Following his remarks, the minor victim in the case had also moved the apex court seeking FIR against Khan.

After facing criticism from the opposition, Khan had retracted his statement, saying: "I didn't say it was the oppositions' conspiracy. I had said that UP polls are close and so many such incidents are happening which need to be investigated."

In July, a gang of dacoits had stopped the car of a family that was travelling from Noida to Shahjahanpur. The criminals had then dragged the family out of the car and raped a woman and her 13-year-old daughter at gunpoint.

The incident had resulted in the transfer of all the police officers associated with the case. The UP police had launched a massive manhunt to arrest the accused. After detaining dozens in the case, the three accused that were arrested had been identified as Naresh (25), Bablu (22) and Rais (28).

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