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SP Leader Azam Khan Walks Free After 27 Months in Jail

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NEW DELHI — Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) MLA, Mohammad Azam Khan was released from Sitapur jail on Friday morning where he has spent the past 27 months.

He was received by senior party leader Shivpal Yadav and Ashu Malik and scores of supporters. His sons were also present on the occasion.

From the jail, he went straight to the residence of SP MLA Anup Gupta and later left for Rampur.

A heavy posse of policemen was posted outside the Sitapur jail to control the crowds.

Journalist and activist Zakir Ali Tyagi who followed the case closely said Khan release came after two years two months  two days.

Azam Khan’s lawyer Zubair Ahmad said they  submitted two bail bonds of Rs one lakh each after which SP leader was  released.

Sources, meanwhile, said Azam Khan will head to Rampur after his release.

“He does not want any fanfare outside the jail and will visit his home in Rampur,” said an aide of the SP MLA.

His wife Tanzeen Fatima thanked all “those who visited us and extended their support to us in our hour of crisis”.

Azam Khan was booked in a total of 89 cases related to book theft, buffalo theft, goat theft, land encroachment, land grabbing, forgery, fraud and power theft.

The Supreme Court had granted him interim bail on Thursday, giving the much-needed respite to the veteran leader.

Former Chief Minister and party leader Akhilesh Yadav welcomed his release in a tweet saying: “Lies have moments, not centuries!”

His son Abdullah Azam tweeted that his father’s release would bring him “like a sun out of the jail and the morning rays would eliminate the darkness of tyranny”.

(IANS Inputs)


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