The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the plea of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan which claims alleged take over and other unjustified actions of the Uttar Pradesh government against the Muhammad Ali Jauhar University at Rampur in the state.
A bench comprising of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justices S Ravindra Bhat and J B Pardiwala have noted the submissions made by the senior advocate Kapil Sibal,who said that UP state has taken several actions against this private university Azam Khan is associated with.
The CJI said that the matter can be listed for tomorrow ,subject to clearing of all defects and objections.
The senior Advocate Sibal said the leader has been facing many criminal and other cases lodged against him by the state government and other authorities and now the university has also been taken over. Not only this, a wall of the university has also been demolished.
Muhammad Ali Jauhar University is a private university established in 2006 by a trust and Khan is its chancellor.
Azam, who is MLA from Rampur, and his son Abdullah have on September 22 returned their security cover provided by the state government, saying they did not need it.
The Superintendent of Police Rampur (SP) Ashok Kumar said there is another case in a local court against Azam Khan in an alleged 2019 hate speech. The trial is in final stages and the verdict is expected soon.
Azam Khan has been skipping appearances on September 17, 19, and 23, saying he had a heart surgery. The court then formed a committee headed by the Chief Medical Officer to assess whether he was fit to come to court or not.
Azam’s lawyer was then asked to share his whereabouts. But the lawyer said he did not know where Azam was