Expressing deep concern for repeatedly violating the model code, the Election Commission on Wednesday sought explanation from Samajwadi Party leader Azam for making objectionable remarks against the Constitutional body and circumventing the campaign ban imposed on him.
In its notice to Khan, the poll body noted that he had "persistently, continuously and willfully" continued to violate the model code as the SP leader described the commission as Congress agent for debarring him from campaign.
The commission said the UP minister made provocative statements which can aggravate existing differences and create mutual hatred between communities at Sambhal, Rampur and Bijnor on April 9 and 10.
"The commission has received further reports/complaints that instead of complying with the EC Order, dated April 11, 2014 in right spirit, you made attempts to circumvent the said directions given in the aforesaid order by making an objectionable remark about ECI during a TV interview," the notice said.
The commission also said that his objectionable speech read over by one of your party workers, in a recently held election meeting dated of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.
It said Khan has made "totally baseless and scurrilous allegations" against the election commission and found him prima facie guilty of violating the model code.