INDORE: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan landed into a legal trouble as a complaint petition was filed against him in local court of Indore for his comment about the Kargil war which created a political storm. The court has admitted the petition and next hearing is scheduled for May 12.
Petitioner Ajay Tiwari has filed a petition against Azam Khan through his lawyer Indrajeet Singh Bhatia in the court of first class judicial magistrate Vinod Kumar Patidar on Friday under section 124 A (treason), 153 A, B (spreading religious hatred), 420 (cheating with voters), 499, 500, 501 (defamation), 504, 511 (provoking riot).
Counsellor for the petitioner Indrajeet Singh Bhatia said Azam Khan while addressing a political rally on Tuesday night has said, "Those who fought for the victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers. In fact, the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers." "The statement amount to provoking religious sentiments, treason and dividing country and defamation of army and the society as a whole," said Bhatia adding this is criminal offence and leader should be punished for it.
He said Khan after giving such controversial statement even sticked to it despite huge political backlash and went on to say that sacrifices by Muslims soldiers are being ignored.
Quoting Khan, petitioner's lawyer said, "Why does remembering the sacrifices of Muslims for India become a big concern?"
Petitioner said soldiers who sacrificed their lives are being categorized based on religious just for votes. This is highly condemnable and an act against national integrity.