Bulandshahr gangrape: SC transfers plea seeking FIR against Azam Khan to constitution bench

ANI | Updated: Oct 05, 2017 15:23 IST

New Delhi [India] October 5 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the plea seeking FIR against former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan for his controversial statement over the Bulandshahr gangrape case to a five-judge constitution bench.

The apex court referred questions like whether a public functionary or a minister can claim freedom of speech while airing views on a sensitive matter which is under investigation.

The court was hearing a plea filed by a man, whose wife and daughter were allegedly gang-raped in July last year on a highway near Bulandshahr.

The petitioner moved the court seeking transfer of the case to Delhi and lodging of an FIR against Khan for his controversial statement that the gang-rape case was a "political conspiracy".

The incident had happened on July 29, 2016 when a group of robbers stopped the car of a Noida-based family and sexually assaulted a woman and her daughter at gun-point.

However, Khan on December 15 last year, tendered an "unconditional apology" for the remark, which the apex court had accepted. (ANI)