Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on Azam Khan’s interim bail plea today
File photo of Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan (ANI Photo)
New Delhi: In a case related to Kotwali police station in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on the interim bail plea of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday.
The order will be passed by a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and AS Bopanna.
On May 17, the Supreme Court had reserved its verdict on the interim bail plea of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan in a case related to Kotwali police station in Uttar Pradesh.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the state of Uttar Pradesh, opposed Azam Khan’s plea.
The Supreme Court had earlier expressed displeasure over the long delay in delivering the verdict by the Allahabad HC on Azam Khan’s bail plea and termed it as a ‘ridicule of justice’.
The Allahabad High Court had last week granted interim bail to Azam Khan in a case related to wrongful possession of land.
In an application filed by Zafir Ahmed, it was stated that Azam Khan was arrested in another FIR “which was a means to destroy justice and prevent the petitioner from coming out of his long and politically engineered imprisonment”. There doesn’t seem to be anything else”.
Azam Khan has been kept in judicial custody in another case related to Kotwali of Rampur.
“The State, in order to satisfy political vendetta, has adopted all available means, to purposefully delay and deprive a senior opposition leader and an MLA the right of personal liberty, who is a sitting member of the Legislative Assembly and Ten-time Member of Parliament, and a former Cabinet Minister of the State of UP in several terms,” the application stated.
The petition has sought quashing of the proceedings and grant of interim bail to the petitioner during the pendency of this petition.
According to the application, the case dated March 18, 2020, registered at Crime No. 70/2020, Police Station Kotwali, Rampur, UP, is a false and frivolous FIR registered under Sections 420 and 120B IPC in which there is some alleged deficiency in the affiliation process of the Trust. One of the schools run by it has been given a “criminal colour”.
“The said FIR was registered after the petitioner, his wife and son were already taken into custody, and it was a completely false and frivolous case where the name of the petitioner was not mentioned. Neither the date and time of the offense in the said FIR has not been mentioned nor disclosed the offense which was alleged to have been committed,” the petition states.
Khan has been lodged in Sitapur Jail since February 2020 over the cases registered against him.
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