Rape remark row: Not represented by Uttar Pradesh government lawyer in Supreme Court, Azam khan sees red, ‘loss of reputation’

The court, on September 27, had noted that Azam Khan had neither “entered appearance” through his lawyer nor has filed any response to the notice issued to him.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: October 19, 2016 11:43:32 am
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MINISTER AZAM Khan on Friday shot off a letter to the principal secretary (Law), claiming that the state counsel(s) “reaction” before the Supreme Court in the Bulandshahr gangrape case has “proved that he was not part of the government” and this led to a “loss of his personal reputation”.

This comes three days after the Supreme Court directed the CBI to again issue its notice to Azam, who had on August 29 been asked to furnish an explanation for calling the gangrape of a woman and her minor daughter in Bulandshahr a “political conspiracy”.

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The court, on September 27, had noted that Azam neither “entered appearance” through his lawyer nor has filed any response to the notice issued to him. It went on to fix October 25 as the next day of hearing and asked Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh to make sure the notice is served on Khan once again through CBI.

Singh had then questioned why the state government could not serve the notice on one of its own ministers, but the bench remarked that Azam should defend himself in his personal capacity. Further, advocate Ravi Prakash Mehrotra had clarified that he was appearing for the state government and the Uttar Pradesh Police, but not for Azam.

In his letter to the principal secretary (Law) on Friday, a copy of which has been forwarded to the chief minister, Azam said he had received a communication from the “confidential section” (state government) late Thursday in regard to the pursue of the case.

Questioning the law department’s ‘effective pursue” of the case, Azam said lawyer(s) representing the state government in the SC had stated during the September 27 hearing that they were not authorised to argue on his behalf.

He added that as news regarding his (political conspiracy) statement has been appearing in the media regularly, the law and home departments would have been aware of the same. “But the way the state government’s bureaucracy turned blind and dumb, it smacked of planned conspiracy…,” Azam wrote.

Clarifying his stand on his statement on the Bulandshahr gangrape, Azam wrote that he wanted to get all the aspects related to the incident probed properly and had no intention to hurt the victims. He also requested the principal secretary (Law) not to depute a counsel on his behalf in the Supreme Court as he has already hired Kapil Sibal for his case.

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