Bulandshahr gangrape case: SC exonerates Azam Khan after he tenders ‘unconditional remorse’

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Published:December 15, 2016 12:26 pm

UP Minister Azam Khan had called the Bulandshahr gangrape a ‘political conspiracy.’ (File photo)

After Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan expressed unconditional remorse over his comments in the Bulandshahr highway rape case, the Supreme Court on Thursday exonerated the Samajwadi Party leader. Khan had invited a controversy after he alleged that a “political conspiracy” was involved in the gangrape of a minor girl and her mother on in Bulandshahr on July 29.

The apex court had earlier rejected an ‘apology’ tendered by Khan since the court noted that it “was not an unconditional apology”. “It is difficult for me to say apology, but I am ready to express remorse,” senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Khan, submitted before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who has been appointed as amicus curiae in the matter, contended that it was not unconditional apology and did not meet the requirement. At this, Sibal requested the bench to ignore the affidavit and let him file a fresh affidavit. The court gave him time till December 15 to file the “requisite” affidavit.

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