BAREILLY: A day after an FIR was registered against senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan under IPC section of “sexual harassment” for his “unborn kids” remark, police in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur have yet again booked him for delivering an allegedly inflammatory speech while campaigning for the party’s bypoll candidate, Asim Raja.
The FIR was lodged Friday evening at Rampur Kotwali police station against Azam, for using the word “bhaand” (traditional folk entertainers) for election commissioner during a public rally on December 1 in the presence of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, based on the complaint of an election official – the in-charge of the video surveillance team set up by a poll panel for the Rampur by-election.
Police invoked IPC sections 153a (promoting enmity between two groups by words either spoken or written), 505-1b (statement with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public) along with section 125 of Representation of the People Act, 1951.
Inspector Gajendra Tyagi, SHO Kotwali police station, said the investigation in this case is underway. “A charge-sheet will be filed soon after recording the statements of the witnesses. The entire video of the election rally will be examined and so far there is a clear violence of the model code of conduct by delivering a hate speech here. We will be sending notice to Azam Khan for recording his statement,” he said.
Moreover, soon after the FIR was registered, Azam, on Saturday, delivered yet another controversial speech taking a jibe at UP CM Yogi and said “Why action is being taken against the poor public?” He further said, “Yogi may even order to shoot me, my wife and my son in public.”
Notably, two fresh FIRs have been registered against Azam within a month after he was convicted in a hate speech case by Rampur’s MP/MLA court.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actress and former Rampur MP Jaya Prada, who is campaigning for BJP candidate Akash Saxena said, “Azam Khan doesn’t respect women and this is the reason Rampur doesn’t have a good image in the country. Azam considers himself above God and often gives derogatory remarks for women and even the officials. He is paying for his sins.”
The Rampur bypoll, which will be held on December 5, was necessitated after Khan lost his Assembly membership owing to his conviction in a 2019 hate speech case.

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