Satish Mahana, chairman of the Uttar Pradesh assembly, said on Friday that he played “no part” in the disqualification of Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan following his conviction in a hate speech case, which accused RLD president Jayant Chaudhary of bias. turned down.
In a letter to Mr Chaudhary, Mr Mahana said, “At the chairman level, no decision is made to revoke a membership in the event that a member is punished by the court.” A copy of the letter went viral on social media.
Mr Mahana could not be reached for his comments on the matter, but sources in the meeting secretariat confirmed that the letter had been sent to Mr Chaudhary.
Mr Chaudhary had written a letter to the speaker on October 29 expressing concern about Mr Khan’s prompt disqualification.
In his letter, the Rajya Sabha member wrote: “The membership of high-ranking Samajwadi party leader Mohammad Azam Khan has been terminated with immediate effect by your office which made a swift decision in the hate speech verdict by the MP-MLA special court.” “While your activism in enforcing the People’s Representation Act is to be commended, when you appear to be inactive in a similar case that happened in the past, it raises questions about the intent of someone seeking swift justice. wants whether the law can be interpreted differently from person to person,” he said.
In response to Mr Chaudhary, the speaker quoted the Supreme Court order as saying: “I had no part in the termination of Mohammad Azam Khan’s membership. Hence, from my point of view, the issue of any discrimination in this whole matter. …To the extent that the vacancy declaration by the Secretariat of the Legislative Assembly after an Honorable Member has been punished by the court, such action shall be taken by the Secretariat upon receipt of the copy of the decision.” On Mr Chaudhary’s claim that he has done nothing in the case of the BJP MLA of Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district, Vikram Saini, the speaker said: “It is not legally appropriate to say that a decision should be made by me taken regarding Vikram Singh Saini.” “I have instructed the Secretariat of the Legislative Assembly to take legal action regarding Vikram Singh Saini…. It would have been appropriate if you had discovered the exact position in this matter before you caught my attention,” the speaker wrote to the RLD chief.
In his letter, Mr Chaudhary had written: “I draw your attention to the case of Vikram Saini… who was sentenced to two years in prison on October 11, 2022… by the MP-MLA Special Court for the Muzaffarnagar Riots in 2013. To date, no initiative has been taken on your part.” “The question is whether the law can be interpreted differently for the ruling party and the opposition MLA. This question will remain until you take such initiative in the case of BJP MLA Vikram Saini,” he said.
An MP/MLA court in Rampur convicted SP leader Azam Khan on October 27 for inflammatory speech and sentenced him to three years in prison and fined Rs 6,000.
The Representation of the People’s Act states that a person sentenced to two years or more will be disqualified “from the date of such conviction” and will be disqualified for six years after serving time in prison.
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