Azam Khan: The Allahabad High Court granted interim bail to Azam Khan

The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday granted interim bail to Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan for allegedly occupying enemy property for his Jawaharlal Nehru University project. Justice Rahul Chaturvedi granted bail.

Interim bail was granted on condition that Khan return the entire property of the enemy to the paramilitary forces and provide him with a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of the same amount.

However, Khan will not be able to get out of jail as the Rampur district court last week issued warrants against him in another case, his lawyer said.

Khan’s lawyer Khalil Ullah Khan said over phone from Rampur that the High Court had granted him bail.

But the Rampur MLA will not be able to get out of jail as police have given him a warrant in Sitapur jail in another case, he said.

In 2019, an FIR was lodged against Khan and others at the Azam Nagar police station in Rampur for possession of enemy property and misappropriation of hundreds of crores of rupees.

It was alleged in the FIR that one Imamuddin Qureshi had gone to Pakistan during the partition and his land was recorded as enemy property, but Khan, along with others, occupied the 13.842-hectare plot.

Khan was granted interim bail on May 6 after the Supreme Court expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in hearing his bail application in the land grab case, saying it was a “fraud of justice”.

A bench comprising Justice L Nageshwar Rao and BR Gavai noted that Khan had been granted bail in 86 of the 87 cases and said it would hear the matter on May 11.

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