Supreme Court raises concern over continuous array of cases against SP leader Azam Khan

  • Gautam Mishra
    s.n.thyagarajann
  • 05:41 PM, 11 May 2022

The Supreme Court on Wednesday raised concerns over the repeated arrests of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. Court said to the Uttar Pradesh Government that as and when Khan secures bail, a new case is registered against him.

A bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao, Justice Justice BR Gavai and Justice AS Bopanna asked Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the State, to clarify as to why this pattern is continuing. "As soon as he is granted bail in one matter, he is sent to jail in another," Court noted.

Justice Rao said remarked, "One or two cases are fine, why 89 matters? He has been in jail for two years."

ASG Raju has assured to file a response in regards to the query raised by the Court. The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on May 17, 2022.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had expressed its anger over the delay being caused by the Allahabad High Court in pronouncing the order on the bail plea filed by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan  in a case wherein Khan has been accused of corruption, cheating, forgery, criminal breach of public trust, criminal conspiracy, tampering with evidence and creating, etc.

The bench had noted, "We are holding on to this because we want the High Court to pass an order. Let them pass an order. If we hold on to this at least they will pass an order."

Notably, the Allahabad High Court yesterday granted Khan bail in the enemy property case. After, yesterday's bail order, Khan was set to come out of Sitapur jail, where he is lodged currently, however, a warrant got issued against him by the MP-MLA court on May 6, on charges of submitting a forged building certificate to obtain recognization for the Rampur Public School where he is the Chairman.

Case Title: Mohammad Azam Khan Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh