The Supreme Court on Thursday exonerated UP Minister Azam Khan after he expressed unconditional remorse over his comments in the Bulandshahr highway gangrape case. Khan had invited a controversy after he alleged that a “political conspiracy” was involved in the gangrape of a minor girl and her mother on in Bulandshahr on July 29.
The apex court had earlier rejected an ‘apology’ tendered by Khan since the court noted that it “was not an unconditional apology”. “It is difficult for me to say apology, but I am ready to express remorse,” senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Khan, submitted before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who has been appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, contended that it was not unconditional apology and did not meet the requirement. At this, Sibal requested the bench to ignore the affidavit and let him file a fresh affidavit. The court gave him time till December 15 to file the “requisite” affidavit.