The Allahabad high court has granted bail to Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatma and son Abdullah Azam in a case of alleged forgery of Abdullah’s birth documents.
Justice Siddharth ordered that Azam Khan’s wife Tazeen Fatma and son Mohammad Abdullah be released on furnishings bonds as per the order of the magistrate concerned. However, Azam Khan will be released after the statement of the complainant is recorded by the trial court, the judge said.
Azam Khan is a Lok Sabha MP from Rampur, his wife is an MLA from Rampur Assembly seat, and their son was an MLA from Suar until being disqualified by an Allahabad High Court order in December 2019. The court had annulled Abdullah Azam’s election as a MLA on the grounds that he was underage and not qualified to fight the polls in 2017.
In January last year, BJP leader Akash Saxena had filed a complaint accusing Azam Khan and Tazeen Fatma of helping their son get two fake birth certificates – one from Lucknow and another from Rampur. Abdullah Azam had faced allegations that he gave a wrong date of birth when he filed his nomination papers for the 2017 Assembly elections. The Rampur police then registered an FIR.
The three had surrendered in February before a Rampur court as their bail applications were rejected in connection with the alleged forgery case. Police had then said that Azam Khan was facing over 80 other cases, ranging from land grabbing, and stealing buffaloes, goats and books, are currently pending against him.
The court on Tuesday also directed that the three applicants shall not tamper with the prosecution evidence by intimidating or putting pressure on the witnesses during the investigation or trial.
It also asked them to cooperate in the trial sincerely without seeking any adjournment. “The applicants shall not indulge in any criminal activity or commission of any crime after being released on bail,” the court said.