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‘What is this? Why not let him go’: SC directs UP govt to file reply on Azam Khan’s bail plea

AGENCIES / NEW DELHI

While hearing the bail plea of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 11) directed the Uttar Pradesh government to file a reply over the delay. 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 for 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 in some other matter. You file a reply. We will hear on Tuesday,”

Justice Gavai 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.”

Appearing for Azam Khan, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said this is a worrisome case which requires a detailed hearing. Appearing for the state government, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju said that a wrong impression is being created and there is a substance in each case lodged against Khan.

Earlier, the top court had expressed displeasure over the delay in hearing the bail application of Khan saying this is a travesty of justice, adding “He (Khan) has been out on bail in all matters except one for so long, this is a travesty of justice. We will not say anything more.”

The counsel appearing for Khan had told the apex court that the high court has reserved its verdict on the bail application. Notably, Khan is presently lodged in Sitapur jail in connection with a number of cases, including that of land grabbing, lodged against him in Rampur.

On May 5, the Allahabad High Court had reserved its order on the bail application of Azam Khan in the case of grabbing of enemy property for his Mohammad Ali Jauhar University project.

An FIR was lodged against Khan and others for alleged grabbing of enemy property and misappropriation of public money of more than hundreds of crores of rupees. It was alleged that during partition one Imamuddin Qureshi went to Pakistan and his land was recorded as enemy property, but Khan in collusion with others grabbed the 13.842-hectare plot.

The FIR was lodged at the Azem Nagar police station in Rampur under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

On December 4 last year, the high court had reserved its decision. Still, the Uttar Pradesh government later submitted an application and sought permission to present some new facts through fresh affidavits, which were filed on Thursday.

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