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The bench also said it would examine whether such The bench also said it would examine whether suchstatements are covered under freedom of speech and expressionof an individual. It said the statements, which were not given for selfprotection, comply with the concept of "constitutionalsensitivities". The plea will now be taken up after threeweeks. The man, whose wife and daughter were gangraped lastmonth on a highway in Bulandshahr, had on August 13 moved theapex court seeking transfer of the case to Delhi, besideslodging of an FIR against Khan as well as several policemen. The Allahabad High Court had ordered CBI probe into theincident besides deciding to monitor the investigation. In his plea filed in the apex court, the victim’s fathersought an order for transferring the trial of the case toDelhi "in the interest of justice". Unhappy with the UPpolice, the petitioner said the probe should be conducted by"some other competent agency". Referring to Khan’s alleged controversial remark thatthere was a "political conspiracy" in gangrape, the plea saidan FIR be registered against him as his statement"substantially outrages" the "modesty" of the victims andtheir family. The plea sought "appropriate damages" for the victimsbesides a direction that the state and others, including theDGP, be stopped from infringing on the fundamental right tolife of the victims. Referring to Khan’s alleged controversial remark thatthere was a "political conspiracy" in gangrape, the plea saidan FIR be registered against him as his statement"substantially outrages" the "modesty" of the victims andtheir family. PTI SJK MNL RKSARC

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