Azam gets no relief, SC asks to defend himself without govt help

A woman and her daughter who were travelling in a car were waylaid on July 29 last and raped in a field close to the national highway. Later, police arrested four persons who were suspected to be members of highway robbers ‘gang. The accused , however, have denied the charge, claiming themselves innocent

Arnima Dwivedi

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Published on 9 Sep 2016 8:39 AM GMT

Azam gets no relief, SC asks to defend himself without govt help
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court which favoured a Central Bureau of Investigation probe (CBI) into the Bulandshahr rape case has come down heavily on state parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan for some of his unsavoury comments on the case.

The apex court which has already sent a notice to him in this connection said here on Thursday “ he will have to defend himself in this case”.

The two-judge bench of Justices Dipak Mishra and C.Nagappan clarified that he had to fend for himself because the state government “cannot come to his rescue”. “It is not the responsibility of the government to defend in such cases. He will have to defend himself”.

The Court wondered how a minister could make a statement like what he has made in this case. It may be recalled that Azam had seen political conspiracy behind the case and blamed the rival BJP for the same. This is not the first time that he has made a controversial statement.

The Court observed that the other issues raised in the petition could be considered later on. It also observed that the heinous crime like would not have happened if the law and order machinery had taken necessary steps to prevent crime on the national highway.

Also Read: Bulandshahr rape victim moves SC; seeks FIR against Azam Khan

Backgrounder:

A woman and her daughter who were travelling in a car were waylaid on July 29 last and raped in a field close to the national highway. Later, police arrested four persons who were suspected to be members of highway robbers ‘gang. The accused , however, have denied the charge, claiming themselves innocent.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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