Last Updated: February 15, 2023, 18:34 IST
Samajwadi Party MLA Abdullah Azam Khan has been disqualified from the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday after a courtroom sentenced him a two yr jail time period in a 15-year-old case.
This is the second time that Khan has been disqualified and it comes simply months after he and his father, senior Samajwadi Party chief Azam Khan was disqualified from the legislature after the latter’s conviction in a hate speech case.
Khan’s seat has been declared vacant from February 13. He represented Suar in Rampur district within the Assembly.
The Moradabad courtroom sentenced the father-son duo to 2 years in jail for utilizing prison pressure to discourage public servant from doing his responsibility after they staged a dharna on a state freeway on January 29, 2008 as their cavalcade was stopped by police for checking within the wake of an assault on a CRPF camp in Rampur on December 31, 2007.
The costs are below part 353 of the Indian Penal Court. The courtroom has, nonetheless, granted bail to each of them.
According to the Representation of the People Act, any legislator who has been sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years or extra shall be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and remain disqualified for another six years after serving time in jail.
This is not the first time Khan has been disqualified. In 2020, the Allahabad High Court had ruled that he was not qualified to contest the election as he was below 25 years of age when he filed his nomination papers as the SP candidate from Suar in 2017.
He again won from Suar in the 2022 assembly elections.
Not just him, his father also face disqualification in October last year after court sentenced him to three years in jail in a hate speech case.
With PTI inputs
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