New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Samajwadi Party minister Azam Khan and the Uttar Pradesh government for calling the Bulandshahr gang-rape of mother-daughter duo a 'political conspiracy against the state government'.
Objecting to the Uttar Pradesh's minister's objectionable and insensitive statement over the sensational gang-rape, the apex court issued notices to Azam Khan and the state for making irresponsible comments.
Pulling up the Uttar Pradesh government, the court said, "Statements issued by political leaders like Azam Khan create mistrust in the investigation and the entire system."
A woman and her 14-year-old daughter were gang-raped by a gang of 13 dacoits at gunpoint near a highway in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr last month. Shockingly, Azam had then bizarrely described the rape as an 'opposition conspiracy'.
Azam Khan had courted controversy saying 'the incident could be a political conspiracy since the elections were near, and a desperate opposition can stoop to any level to defame the Akhilesh Yadav government'.
The 'shocking' remarks from the minister had come when the gang-rape victims' family had threatened to commit suicide if the police fail to give them justice in the next three months.
The family had then moved the Supreme Court seeking police complaint against minister Azam Khan for his outrageous comments.