Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has been booked yet again for allegedly making provocative speech at an election rally, the sixth case to be registered against the UP minister after the Election Commission cracked the whip on him.
The latest FIR was registered against Khan on April 13 night at Afzalgarh police station in Bijnore, official sources said today.
While two FIRs have been lodged against Azam in Bijnore, one FIR each has been lodged in Ghaziabad, Rampur, Sambhal and Shamli districts for allegedly making inflammatory speeches and violating the mode code of conduct.
On April 11, the EC had banned Khan from campaigning in Uttar Pradesh and asked authorities to initiate criminal proceedings against him.
The EC had been critical of the role of Samajwadi Party's government in the state for "soft-pedalling" on registration of FIRs against Khan and not dealing with the sensitive issue with alacrity
Khan had addressed an election rally at Afzalgarh in support of Moradabad's SP candidate, ST Hasan on April 10 in which he had allegedly tried to flare up communal feelings by speaking on the Gujarat and Muzaffarnagar riots in detail.
Another FIR was lodged against Khan in Bijnore on April 11 for allegedly making provocative remarks at an election rally in Nehtaur on the same day. He has been accused for flaring up communal feeling and trying to divide people on religious lines.
Earlier, an FIR was lodged against Khan in Sambhal on April 12 on charges of inciting communal passions during his election meeting on April 9 where Khan had exhorted the electorate to take revenge from the rioters of Muzaffarnagar by pressing the (EVM) button in the Lok Sabha polls.
On April 12, Khan was booked in Masuri police station of Ghaziabad for his controversial remarks on Kargil war on April7.
The SP leader, during his party rally in Muslim-dominated area Masuri area, said. "Kargil ki pahadiyo ko fateh karne wala koi Hindu nahi tha, balki Kargil ki pahadiyo ko nara-e- takbeer Allah-Hu-Akbar kehkar fathe karnewale Musalman fauji the" (peaks of Kargil were not conquered by Hindus, but by Muslims).
Another FIR was registered against Azam in Shamli district on April 12.
In his home district Ramppur too, an FIR was registered against Khan for his speech at Kila Rampur made on April 10 in which he purportedly reiterated his controversial Kargil remarks and also targeted BJP leader Amit Shah terming him "fascist and insaniyat ka qaatil".
In these FIRs charges against Khan included Sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national- integration) and 505 (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or illwill between classes) of IPC besides Section 125 Representation of the People Act, 1951).