“Why not let him go?”: Court Raps UP over Samajwadi’s Azam Khan’s plea

Prime News, National (New Delhi), May 11:- The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a reply to the plea filed by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan over the delay in hearing of his bail application in a land grabbing case.

A bench comprising justices L Nageswara Rao, B R Gavai and A S Bopanna asked the state government to file its reply in the case and said it would hear it on Tuesday.

“What is this? Why not let him go. He has been in jail since two years. One or two cases are okay but it cannot be in 89 cases. Whenever he gets bail, he is again sent to jail for some other matter. You file a reply. We will hear on Tuesday,” the bench said.

Justice Gavai also observed: “This chain will continue as and when he is released on bail in one matter, tag him in another FIR and keep him behind bars.” Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Khan, said this is a worrisome case that requires a detailed hearing.

Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the state government, said a wrong impression is being created and there is substance in each of the cases lodged against Khan.

The top court had earlier expressed displeasure over the delay in hearing the bail application of Khan saying this is a travesty of justice. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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