Azam Khan. Credit: PTI
This is not a piece about any recent occurrence in the Supreme Court. This is a report of a case filed in 2016 that was last listed in 2017. Any sense of déjà vu it inspires and any resemblance to any other proceedings, pending or disposed of, is purely coincidental. Any fatal injuries caused to irony are unintended.
On August 1, 2016, Azam Khan, then a minister in the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, was asked by a reporter at a press conference to comment on the incident of rape that had taken place in Bulandshahr earlier that year.
He replied saying, “Politics has fallen to such a low that we also have to be cognisant of the possibility that some persons with an ideology opposed to the government are organising crimes in the state to malign the government before the election. … The issue itself is extremely serious, not only the three shocking incidents of rape that have taken place at a time but also what is the truth behind the incidents, that must come out.”