Lucknow: In a setback to Samajwadi Party (SP) its senior party leader and MLA from Rampur Sadar seat Mohammad Azam Khan was on Friday disqualified from the membership of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly after being convicted by a Rampur court in hate speech case, officials sources said.
Principal Secretary Vidhan Sabha Pradeep Kumar Dubey confirmed the development and said that Rampur Sadar seat has been declared vacant. Now a by-election will be held on this seat again.
It may be noted that an MP-MLA court in Rampur on Thursday held Azam Khan guilty of giving provocative speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then District Magistrate of Rampur and sentenced him to three years imprisonment along with a penalty of Rs 25,000.
The MP-MLA court of ACJM-First Nishant Man later granted bail to Azam and gave him one week time to appeal in the higher court.
It may be noted that Azam was accused of making indecent comments against PM Modi and the then DM during an election rally in Milak during Lok Sabha polls. Agriculture Development Officer (ADO) Anil Kumar Chauhan had lodged an FIR against Azam in this connection at Milak police station in 2019.
At that time ADO Chauhan was posted as the in-charge of the video monitoring section. It may be mentioned that initially Lok Sabha member, Azam Khan resigned from the lower house after being elected to UP assembly.