FIR lodged against Azam Khan for his Kargil remarks

Zee Media Bureau

Lucknow: More troubles are brewing for Uttar Pradesh's Minority Affairs Minister Mohd Azam Khan. A day after the Election Commission banned him from holding any public meetings or road shows in Uttar Pradesh, an FIR has been lodged against the Samajwadi Party minister in Ghaziabad's Masuri.

The Uttar Pradesh police said that the FIR has been lodged against Khan for his Kargil remarks.

"We have registered an FIR against Azam Khan under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race), 153B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of IPC. He has been booked at Masuri police station of Ghaziabad," said Subodh, station house officer of Masuri police station.

The charges also include Sections 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill- will between classes) and 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Before registering an FIR against Khan, who is close aid of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ghaziabad DM and ADM held a meeting with SSP to discuss the next course of action on this matter.

In this meeting, the decision to book Azam Khan was taken and within few minutes Khan was registered for his alleged inflammatory speech over Kargil War.

Addressing an election rally in Ghaziabad for party candidate Nahid Hasan on April 08, Khan said the Kargil peaks were not conquered by Hindu soldiers, but by Muslim soldiers.

He was attacked by Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party alike who slammed the leader for communalising the poll.

Both parties also complained to the poll panel over the issue.

On Friday, the EC banned Khan as well as BJP's Amit Shah from holding any public meetings or road shows in Uttar Pradesh. The poll panel also accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of "soft-pedalling" in taking action against Khan who is a Cabinet minister in it.

The state government was also asked to lodge a first information report against the two leaders for making hate speeches during the election campaign.

The poll panel said that despite the commission sending notice to Khan earlier, he was still indulging in the violation of Model Code of Conduct.

First Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 12:31
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