PRAYAGRAJ—The Allahabad High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of senior Samajwadi Party leader and MP Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam Khan in an alleged case of forging a PAN card and a Passport, showing that he was born in 1990, that allowed him to contest 2017 assembly elections.
A single bench of Justice Suneet Kumar turned down the bail plea observing that the accused were influential people and there was an apprehension of tampering the witnesses if they were released on bail.
The incident of forging the birth date of Abdullah Azam took place when Azam Khan was a cabinet minister between 2012 and 2017.
The allegations against the father-son duo is that they obtained a PAN card and a Passport by submitting a false date of birth and also submitted a false affidavit when filing nominations of Abdullah Azam for 2017 assembly polls.
While Abdullah Azam’s date of birth in the first PAN card is shown as January 1, 1993, it was shown September 30, 1990 in the new one. With his date of birth being January 1, 1993, Abdullah would not have been eligible to contest assembly elections as the minimum age for contesting assembly or Lok Sabha elections under Article 84 of the Constitution of India should be 25 years. Abdullah Azam was only 24 years as per his original date of birth. It was on this ground that the Allahabad High Court has already disqualified Abudllah Azam from membership of the legislative assembly.
Azam Khan, his son Abdullah Azam and wife Tanzeen Fatima are lodged in Sitapur jail since February this year.