Rampur court convicts Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan in hate speech case | India News

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NEW DELHI: The special MP/MLA court of Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, on Thursday, convicted Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan in a ‘provocative’ speech case.
The case was registered against Khan at MilakKotwali in Rampur on April 9, 2019, for allegedly making provocative remarks against Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and IAS Aunjaneya Kumar Singh, the then DM, under sections 153a (promoting enmity between two groups), 505-1 (statement conducing to public mischief) of IPC along with sections 125 of the Representation of People Act 1951.
Akash Saxena, an advocate and a local BJP leader who had contested against Khan in recent MLA elections in 2022, said, “I had raised concerns that Azam Khan was trying to incite violence amongst two communities by delivering provocative statements and he also used foul language for the then DM and his mother.
“On my complaint, the returning officer took cognizance of the matter and after checking the video footage of the speech, he ordered an FIR against Khan,” he added.

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