SP Leader Mohammad Azam Khan disqualified from UP Assembly for Hate-speech

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party Leader Mohammad Azam Khan, who has been sentenced to three years imprisonment in connection with hate speech case, was disqualified from Uttar Pradesh Assembly.

The UP Assembly Speaker took the action against Khan after he was convicted by a local court on Thursday regarding a hate speech given by him targeting Prime Minister Modi.

A Designated Court in Rampur had held him guilty of hate speech targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during an election campaign in 2019.

The 74-year-old Khan was granted bail and given a week’s time to appeal against the sentence in the higher court.

His disqualification was imminent because the rule is clear that if a lawmaker is sentenced to more than two years in jail he or she loses his legislative membership.

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