The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan over his insensitive remark on Bulandshahr rape case.
The apex court issued notice to UP Government and Azam Khan over plea of victims seeking transfer of the case from the state.
The court said statements issued by political leaders like him create mistrust in investigation and the entire system.
It further questioned whether such statements calling rape a conspiracy be called freedom of speech or defeat principles of constitutional compassion.
The 14-year-old girl who was gang-raped near a highway in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr has moved the Supreme Court seeking police complaint against minister Azam Khan for his outrageous comments.
In her petition, the victim also demanded the transfer of this case to New Delhi, a court-monitored probe and security and rehabilitation for her family.
The gang-rape incident had taken place at the national highway passing through Bulandshahr.
When six members of a Noida-based family were travelling to Shahjahanpur in western UP, their car was stopped by criminals who dragged the girl her mother out and raped them.
After the gang-rape incident, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan sparked controversy with his insensitive remarks suggesting that this gang-rape could be a political conspiracy against the Uttar Pradesh government.