Azam Khan the SP leader was, however, given bail and a week to appeal against the ruling in a higher court shortly after the sentence’s exact amount was announced.
A Rampur court on Thursday found seasoned Samajwadi Party veteran and former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan guilty of using hate speech. According to lawyer Ajay Tiwari, who was reported by PTI, Khan was given a sentence in the case of three years in prison and a fine of Rs 25,000.
In Rampur, a charge was filed against Khan in April 2019 after he made significant accusations during a campaign meeting against Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and administrative employees stationed in Rampur.
The SP leader was, however, given bail and a week to appeal against the ruling. In a higher court shortly after the sentence’s exact amount was announced.
Khan was found guilty under Sections 153-A (inciting religious feelings), 505-A (making false statements intended to incite hatred or hostility between different communities), and Section 125 (promoting hostility between different classes in connection with elections) of the Representation of the People Act by the Special MP/MLA court of Rampur.
Khan told reporters as he left the court following the judgment, “I have firm believe in justice.”
Azam Khan was released earlier this year after receiving temporary bail from the Supreme Court. Nearly 90 charges are pending against him, including one involving corruption and theft.