Azam Khan sues Rampur for disqualification as MLA


Rampur: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Wednesday appealed to the District and Sessions Court in Rampur challenging the decision convicting him in the hate speech case.

The development comes after the Supreme Court earlier in the day ordered a lower court to hear and decide on Thursday itself Khan’s appeal seeking a stay of his sentence so that he could cope with the loss of the legislature.

The Supreme Court said the Election Commission can issue a notification for early polling on or after November 11 after the sessions court decides on Khan’s plea, reported news agency PTI.

On October 27, Khan was sentenced to three years in prison in a 2019 hate speech case. The SP leader had then moved the Supreme Court against the rejection.

The MLA was disqualified as a member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly after his conviction and the Rampur Sadar Assembly seat was declared vacant.

According to the report, EC has already announced the December 5 by-poll in Rampur Sadar constituency, some other parliamentary seats and Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat.

The Supreme Court today directed the Election Commission not to issue a notification on November 10 for the parliamentary elections to be held in the Rampur Sadar seat.

The EC may issue a notice for the by-poll on or after November 11, when the session court decides on Khan’s claim.

The Rampur District and Sessions Court also today granted interim bail to the SP leader in the case till November 16.

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