SC directs CBI to serve notice to UP Minister Azam Khan for absence in court
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 28-Sep-2016

New Delhi, September 28: As it happened that UP minister Azam Khan did not appear before the apex court, the court was displeased and ordered CBI on Tuesday, to serve notice on him. The minister was expected to appear before SC in relation to Bulandshahr gang rape case.
Khan had neither entered appearance through his lawyer in the matter nor has filed any response to the notice issued to him on August 29, informed the bench headed by Justices Dipak Misra and Uday U Lalit. The minister was asked to provide an explanation to his controversial statement saying gang rape of a woman and her minor daughter near Bulandshahr was a political conspiracy.

The court in its order stated, “In our considered view, respondent no.2 (Khan) should have entered appearance as there are direct allegations against him in the writ petition…we direct the Central Bureau of Investigation to serve a copy of the writ petition on respondent no. 2, forthwith.” The next date fixed for the hearing is October 25 and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh has been asked by the apex court to serve the notice one more time again through the probe agency.

The case is on the backdrop of Bulandshahr gangrape incident occurred on the night of July 29 where a highway-robbers clad stopped the car of a Noida- based family and allegedly raped the woman and her daughter. The SC had taken in account the comments made by the minister and had urged that such people should not be allowed to hold high offices.