Bulandshahr gangrape case: Azam Khan tenders unconditional apology
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday told a Supreme Court bench that he will file an affidavit to the effect that he never intended to hurt the feelings of the victims of the Bulandshahr gang-rape case- a woman and her daughter — and if they felt hurt or insulted, he offered an unconditional apology.
Recording the statement of senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for Azam Khan, a bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Amitava Roy of the apex court directed the filing of the affidavit by December 7, when th ematter will come up for hearing. The court said it will study the unconditional apology before accepting it.
The crime occurred on July 29 night when the 34-year-old woman and her teenage daughter were gang-raped by five to six assailants in Dostpur village on National Highway 91 in Bulandshahr district after waylaying their car carrying six members of the family from Noida.
On Tuesday, the top court had asked Khan to come clear on his alleged statement against an incident of gangrape near Bulandshahr highway in UP. The court had given Khan time until November 17 to file his affidavit and observed, “It is a democratic principle that a public servant should not comment on the investigation of crime if it is not related to him.”
The apex court has also directed Uttar Pradesh government to take steps for the minor rape victim’s admission in a central school near the family residence.
Amicus curiae Fali Nariman wanted a law to deal with such insensitive utterances by ministers or people holding public office. He said accepting the unconditional apology by Khan should not cap the issue before the court.