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SP leader Azam khan finally walks free after spending 27 months in jail

Prime News, National (Lucknow), May 20:- Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, Mohd Azam Khan finally walked out of Sitapur jail on Friday morning where he spent the past 27 months.

Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL) president, Shivpal Singh Yadav left for Sitapur early on Friday morning to receive Azam Khan when the latter walks out of jail. “A new sun is rising on the state’s horizon,” Yadav tweeted.

Azam Khan’s lawyer Zubair Ahmad said they had already submitted two bail bonds of Rs one lakh each and the SP leader was likely to be released anytime on Friday. Sources, meanwhile, said Azam Khan will head to Rampur after his release. “He does not want any fanfare outside the jail and will visit his home in Rampur,” said an aide of the SP MLA. His wife Tanzeen Fatima thanked all “those who visited us and extended their support to us in our hour of crisis”.

His son Abdullah Azam tweeted that his father’s release would bring him “like a sun out of the jail and the morning rays would eliminate the darkness of tyranny”.

In a relief to jailed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, the Supreme Court Thursday granted him interim bail in an alleged cheating case paving way for his release, saying it is a fit case to invoke its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution as facts in the present case are very peculiar. “The petitioner is directed to be released on interim bail in respect of FIR being Case Crime No. 70 of 2020, registered with Police Station Kotwali, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh for the offences punishable under Sections 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code on such terms and conditions as found appropriate by the trial court,”  a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said. The bench noted that “in ordinary circumstances, we would not have entertained the present writ petition. The petitioner would have been directed to take recourse to the remedy available to him in law. However, the facts in the present case are very peculiar.”

The top court also noted that the last such bail order has been passed on May 10, 2022, by the Single Judge of the Allahabad High Court after a gap of so many months from the date of reserving the order, i.e., December 4, 2021. The bench also rejected the submission of the Uttar Pradesh government that Khan has threatened the investigating officer (IO) in the case. The apex court also directed Khan to file for regular bail within two weeks and asked the trial court to decide it on merits without being influenced by any of the observations of the top court. Khan was lodged in Sitapur jail in connection with several cases, including that of land grabbing, against him in Rampur. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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