Allahabad High Court grants interim relief to co-accused in the Azam Khan land grab case

Allahabad High Court
India Legal

Synopsis: In 27 criminal cases against the petitioner, the Court dealt with the petition filed to quash criminal proceedings and the summoning orders issued.

On Friday, the Allahabad High Court ordered that no coercive action be taken against Mohd. Fasih Zaidi, who is a co-accused in the land grab case involving Azam Khan.

The case involves charges that the leader of the Samajwadi Party, Mohd Azam Khan, and his associates forced farmers to move their holdings to Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur, his university.

The Court dealt with the petition filed pursuant to Section 482, CrPC, to quash the criminal proceedings in the case and the summoning orders given against the petitioner in 27 criminal cases.

Though granting interim relief in that case to the co-accused, Justice Suneet Kumar also gave the State time to address the Court as to why the petition put forward in order to quash the summons given could not be sustained.

The lawyer for the petitioner argued that he was not identified in the FIRs nor there was any proof of his involvement in the alleged crimes, even that the procedure involved was violated.

In keeping with these claims, the High Court has now ordered that no coercive action against the petitioner/applicant be taken before the next date of the hearing, given that the petitioner/applicant cooperates with the trial.

The matter will be heard next on the 11th January, 2021.

Senior Advocate Manish Tiwary appeared for the petitioner/applicant along with Advocate Syed Imran Ibrahim and Advocate AAG Vinod Diwakar, assisted by GA Jay Narayan, who appeared for the State.