New Delhi, Dec 15: The Supreme Court on Thursday accepted Samajwadi Party leader, Azam Khan’s “unconditional apology” for his alleged remarks on the Bulandshahr gang rape case. The apex court had earlier this month rejected Khan’s apology for his alleged remarks on the gang rape case. The top court had on December 7 asked Khan to submit a fresh affidavit in the incident.

Last week, the court rejected his apology because it felt it “was not an unconditional apology”. An apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had asked Khan to file a fresh affidavit after stating that the earlier one filed by him has errors in it. The Attorney General had also raised questions about the draft copy submitted by him in connection with the apology given by him. On November 18 Khan had told the court that he was ready to unconditionally apologise for describing the gang-rape of two women near Bulandshahr in July as “political conspiracy”.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal who is appearing for Khan argued that his client had made a general remark and was not targeted at the family of the victim. However, the judges questioned Sibal asking as to how a public figure like Khan could make such a comment. Earlier, the apex court had directed media organisations to submit the video clip of the press conference in which the Samajwadi Party leader had made this statement.

Khan stirred a controversy after he allegedly said that the gang-rape of a minor girl and her mother on the highway in Bulandshahr on July 29 was a “political conspiracy”. The top court on August 29, issued a notice to Khan for his comment. The case was subsequently handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).