FIR against Azam’s son for ‘Anarkali’ jibe on Jaya Prada
Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) on Monday against Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, Abdullah Azam Khan, son of party candidate from Rampur Lok Sabha seat, Azam Khan, for an alleged derogatory remark against Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Jaya Prada even as the latter was booked for a comment she allegedly made against the senior SP leader.
The FIR against Abdullah was lodged under Section 171(G) (making a false statement in connection with an election) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 125 (trying to influence voters using religion) of the Representation of People’s Act at Kotwali police station in Rampur, which goes to the polls on Tuesday.
Addressing a rally in Pan Dariba locality on Sunday, Abdullah, in an indirect reference to Jaya Prada, had allegedly said, “Ali bhi hamare aur Bajrang Bali bhi hamare. Humko Anarkali nahi chahiye (We want both Ali and Bajrang Bali. We do not want Anarkali)”.
Anarkali, a courtesan in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar, was known to have had an affair with Akbar’s son Jehangir. As punishment, she was buried alive.
Meanwhile, a non-cognisable report (NCR) was registered against Jaya Prada at Kemri police station under Section 171 G (making a false statement in connection with an election) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Addressing a rally in Rampur on Sunday, Jaya Prada had allegedly said, “Considering the comments Azam Khan makes against me, Mayawati ji you must think his X-ray like eyes will also stare at you),” referring to the Bahujan Samaj Party chief whose party is in an alliance with the SP.
A non-cognizable offence is one for which the police cannot arrest without a warrant.
Earlier, the Election Commission had imposed a 72-hour ban on Azam Khan. Till now, 11 FIRs have been registered against Azam Khan, according to state police records.