Forgery case: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife, son in judicial custody

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SP MP Azam Khan. (File)

SENIOR SAMAJWADI Party (SP) leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan, his wife and local MLA Tanzeen Fatima and his son Abdullah Azam Khan were sent to jail on Wednesday after they surrendered before a local court in connection with a forgery case.

The three surrendered after their bail applications were rejected. The next hearing in this matter will be held on March 2.

The Allahabad High Court in December cancelled Abdullah’s Assembly membership on the grounds that he forged his date of birth. His plea against the order is pending in the Supreme Court. He had been elected MLA from Swar.

Azam Khan outside Rampur court. (Source: ANI)

Additional District Government Counsel (criminal) Ram Avtar Saini said, “Azam Khan, Tanzin and Abdullah surrendered in the court on Wednesday afternoon... The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 2. Till then, they will be in judicial custody. The court had on Tuesday ordered attachment of their properties in the case where Abdullah Azam Khan had allegedly used two birth certificates. That is the main case for which the three were sent to judicial custody.”

Saini added that the court has asked police stations to submit reports on Azam’s culpability in 11 other cases on Thursday.

The FIR in the case in which the three have been sent to jail was lodged on January 3 last year following a complaint by local BJP leader Akash Saxena at Ganj police station. The complaint alleged, “In a conspiracy by Azam Khan, Tanzeen Fatima, they got two birth certificates made for their son — one which said he was born in Rampur and another that said he was born in Lucknow. These certificates were used for their personal gains,” stated the complaint. The FIR was registered under IPC sections 193 (false evidence), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery).

SP state president Naresh Uttam Patel alleged that the state government had “targeted” Azam Khan to “ruin his image but he will get justice.” “Since the BJP government came to power, it has been repeatedly humiliating Azam.”