Rampur court dismissed Azam Khan’s plea in hate speech case


Rampur: A Rampur sessions court on Thursday dismissed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s plea challenging his conviction in the hate speech case that led to his disqualification from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

The court, after hearing both sides, dismissed Khan’s appeal, reported news agency PTI.

The verdict paves the way for a bypoll to be held in the Rampur Sadar seat, which fell vacant after Khan’s disqualification.

The court was hearing Khan’s appeal against the Supreme Court’s order, which had also asked the Election Commission not to issue a by-poll notification for the Rampur Sadar assembly seat before November 10.

On November 9, the Supreme Court said that the by-poll notice can be issued on or after November 11 after the sessions court decides on Khan’s plea.

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.

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