Azam Khan gets bail in 2019 hate speech case

The Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Tuesday was granted regular bail in the 2019 hate speech case by the Rampur sessions court.

The veteran SP leader was out on interim bail granted to him by the Supreme Court that was extended till November 22.

Last month, a Rampur court had sentenced SP founding member Khan to three years in jail for making remarks about Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath and former Rampur District Magistrate Aunjaneya Kumar Singh in 2019.

Khan’s conviction in the hate speech case had also led to his disqualification from the Rampur Sadar Assembly seat. Khan had challenged his disqualification from the state Legislative Assembly, which came within 24 hours of his conviction, by an MP-MLA court in the Supreme Court.

The 10-time MLA from Rampur Sadar and veteran leader has been alleging that he was subjected to “political vendetta” by Hindutva party.