New Delhi, Nov 17, 2016: In a huge embarrassment to ruling Samajwadi Party, The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan to tender an unconditional apology to the Bulandshahr gangrape victims for saying it was a political conspiracy.
A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Amitava Roy said Khan would file an affidavit saying that he had never intended to hurt the victims but if they felt hurt or insulted he would offer an unconditional apology.
The court ordered that the expenses incurred on the victim’s admission and education shall be borne by the state government.
Khan had stoked a controversy in August 2016 when he said that the Bulandshahar highway rape case could be a ‘political conspiracy to malign the image of the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh’.
The man, whose wife and daughter were gang-raped on a highway in Bulandshahr, had on August 13 moved the apex court seeking transfer of the case to Delhi, besides lodging of a FIR against Khan as well as several police personnel.