High-profile minister in Akhilesh Yadav government Md Azam Khan, who holds Minority Affairs Ministry, has slammed the principal secretary law of plotting to humiliate him in the Supreme Court and even said that “the law department of UP does not consider him as part of the government”.
The statement came after the Supreme Court asked the CBI, which is probing the Bulandshahr gangrape case, to file a charge sheet against Azam Khan for his statement that rapes in UP were part of a political conspiracy.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition on an incident that took place on July 29, when a family from Noida was stopped on the highway near Bulandshahr by an armed gang of robbers. The woman and her 14-year-old daughter were dragged to the fields and gang raped.
Questioning the conduct of the principal secretary law, Azam Khan asked: “After all why did advocates representing the state government in the apex court in the Bulandshahar gang rape case on September 27 tell the court that they were not authorised to plead on behalf of Azam Khan’’.
In a statement issued in Lucknow on Friday, Azam Khan accused the principal secretary law of inflicting a “huge damage to his image and credibility through the media’’.
Azam Khan said: “The conduct of the law department has proved that they do not consider me as part of the state government’’.
Azam Khan issued the angry statement after a letter was served on him by the Law department informing him that senior advocate M.R. Shamshad has been engaged by the state government to plead his case in the Supreme Court.
Azam Khan said: “I am competent to pursue my case in the Supreme Court and senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibbal has given his consent to take up his case in the Supreme Court’’.
The Supreme Court on September 27 had directed the CBI to send a notice to UP minister Azam Khan, who has been asked to furnish an explanation for calling the gang rape of a woman and her minor daughter near Bulandshahr in July a “political conspiracy”.
A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday U Lalit said Azam Khan had neither “entered appearance” through his lawyer in the matter nor has filed any response to the notice issued to him on August 29.
The court also said that “in our considered view, respondent Azam Khan should have entered appearance as there are direct allegations against him in the writ petition…we direct the Central Bureau of Investigation to serve a copy of the writ petition on respondent No. 2, forthwith”.