A local court in Uttar Pradesh has dismissed a sedition case against senior Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Mohd Azam Khan for allegedly making objectionable remarks over Kashmir.
The Badaun-based court dismissed a plea filed in this regard by Bajrang Dal leader Ujjawal Gupta.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Amarjeet Singh also rejected the final report filed by the police in the matter.
Gupta had lodged the case against Azam Khan for his alleged controversial comments on Kashmir on December 21, 2010.
The Investigating Officer (IO) had filed a final report in this case on May 5, 2012 after which the complainant had moved a protest application on January 8, 2013.
On May 24, 2013, the court rejected the final report and said it was false and was based on baseless facts to get desired results.
It directed a re-investigation, asking police to obtain original recording from the media and make it a part of the probe.
Following the court’s judgment, Gupta said he will approach the high court against the decision.
Khan had come under attack from the Congress and the BJP for his controversial remarks on the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
While the Congress had slammed Khan for his reported comment that senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad belonged to Kashmir and not India, and for questioning the status of the state, the BJP had demanded action against him.
Dubbing his remark as “anti-national”, the UP unit of the BJP had demanded that Khan should be booked for the offence.
(With PTI inputs)