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Supreme Court dismisses plea of Azam Khan in son Abdullah Azam’s birth certificate forgery case

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s plea challenging the Allahabad High Court order refusing to quash the charge-sheet in the birth certificate forgery case of son and Uttar Pradesh MLA Abdullah Azam.

A bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and Vikram Nath said it did not find any reason to interfere with the order of the High Court.

Refusing to hear the petition, the bench said the trial should have proceeded on the basis of evidence in the trial court and not in the Supreme Court.

The bench said Abdullah Azam finished his B. Tech with a birth certificate which said his year of birth was 1993. Using his influence, he could have had another certificate issued to contest the assembly elections, for which officers should also be held guilty for issuing fake certificates.

However, the charges under Sections 468, 420 have been framed against him in the case and regarding this, the chargesheet has also been filed in the court.

Appearing for Azam, Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal said two birth certificates of Abdullah were issued and the passport officer has accepted the certificate. This is not a forgery, he said. On this, the court had asked Sibal to present the charge sheet in the court.

In fact, Azam Khan, his son Abdullah Azam and his wife Tanzeem Fatima had demanded the removal of the FIR registered against them in this case.

The three were sent to jail in a criminal case registered against them, alleging that Abdullah Khan got two birth certificates issued through fraudulent means from two different places.

Azam Khan and his wife helped their son obtain two fake birth certificates, one from Lucknow and another from Rampur, BJP leader Akash Saxena had alleged in his FIR loged in Ganj police station of Rampur on January 3, 2019.

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