New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan on Thursday, May 19, got a relief from the Supreme Court which granted him an interim bail in connection with a forgery case relating to Kotwali police station in Uttar Pradesh.
However, the Interim bail to continue until the regular bail is decided by the competent court. If the court’s decision is against the grant of regular bail, the interim bail will operate for a further period of two weeks.
The three-judge bench of of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and Bopanna granted bail to senior SP leader exercising its power under Article 142 of the Constitution.
The Samajwadi strongman has been in the Sitapur prison since 2020. The court had on Tuesday reserved its judgement in the case.
The Uttar Pradesh government had told the court that the investigators in the case have been threatened. They had allegedly been threatened even when Mr Khan’s testimony was recorded, police said.
Mr Khan’s lawyer senior advocate Kapil Sibbal told the court that Mr Khan has been in prison for the past two years and thus the question of him threatening anyone does not arise.
Earlier this month, the Allahabad High Court granted Mr Khan bail in a land grab case days after a sharp rebuke by the Supreme Court.
There are a total of 87 criminal cases pending against Azam Khan, of which as many as 84 FIRs were registered in the two years after the BJP came into power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
Eighty one out of these 84 cases were registered during the period immediately before and after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Khan’s supporters believe that these FIRs have been registered based on complaints procured by the Bhartiya Janata Party with the intention to keep Khan incarcerated indefinitely.