Azam Khan loses Assembly seat after hate speech sentenced to 3 years in prison

On Friday, Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan lost his seat in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat announced the disqualification of Azam Khan from the House, a day after a court sentenced him to three years in prison in a hate speech case.

UP Legislative Assembly Principal Secretary Pradeep Dubey said the Assembly Secretariat had declared Rampur Sadar’s Assembly seat vacant, according to news agency ANI.

“Since Azam Khan was sentenced to 3 years in prison, he is now disqualified from both houses. And now the Assembly seat of Rampur Sadar is vacant, so the lotus will bloom whenever the election is contested “, said KP Maurya (UP Deputy CM).

The Representation of the People Act states that anyone sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more will be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and will remain disqualified for a further six years after serving a prison sentence.

The hate speech case was registered against Azam Khan in April 2019 for making serious allegations against administrative officials serving in Rampur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath during an election meeting.

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Khan was convicted for making inflammatory speeches at a public meeting in Khatanagaria village, Milak Kotwali region. A video of Khan’s statement also surfaced on social media.

The SP leader was released from jail earlier this year after the Supreme Court granted him bail in a cheating case. He spent almost two years in prison. The SP leader faces nearly 90 cases, including corruption and theft, according to ANI reports.

He had won the Assembly seat of Rampur Sadar in the latest UP Assembly polls for a record 10th time. After becoming an MP, he resigned from the Lok Sabha.

In June this year, BJP’s Ghanshyam Lodhi snatched Rampur’s parliamentary seat from the Samajwadi party, beating his closest rival by more than 42,000 votes in a partial poll.

(With ANI inputs)

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