LUCKNOW – Leader of Opposition in the UP Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary has written to Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit urging him to ensure the release of Samajwadi Party MP Mohd Azam Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam on compassionate grounds on the occasion of Eid.
All three have been lodged in Sitapur jail since February.
In his letter, Ram Govind Chaudhary said Azam Khan was unwell while his wife had recently suffered a fracture when she fell down in the jail.
Last week, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had urged Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to release the family from jail during Ramzan, but the government did not respond.
Yadav had said that the Khan family should be allowed to observe fast during the holy month of Ramzan.
“Azam Khan is a leader of stature and has been a former legislator and former minister. He is MP from Rampur. His wife Tanzeen Fatima is also a legislator. Khan has set up an educational institution, the Jauhar University. Besides, Khan and his wife are unwell,” Yadav had said.
He also slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government for pursuing the politics of vendetta alleging that a number of false cases had been registered against the Khan family.
The Samajwadi leader has made several attempts to get anticipatory bail, but all his requests have been declined.
The trouble started for Azam Khan in July last year when more than 88 cases were lodged against him and his family.Khan has also been booked for offences like stealing books and goats.