The Allahabad High Court on Monday declared as void the election of Mohammad Abdullah Azam Khan, son of Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The High Court ruled that Abdullah Azam was not qualified to contest as he was below 25 when he filed his nomination papers as the SP candidate from Suar constituency in 2017.
The election petition against Azam Khan's son was filed by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Kazim Ali Khan. Abdullah Azam Khan's father Azam Khan is the Lok Sabha MP from Rampur, the parliamentary constituency under which the Suar segment falls.
Azam Khan has been on the target of authorities ever since the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government stormed into power in Uttar Pradesh. There are more than 84 criminal cases pending against Azam Khan and his family members in Rampur.
These cases are related to land grabbing, encroachment, book theft, statue theft, power theft, buffalo theft, goat theft and forgery. Azam Khan's wife Tanzeen Fatima, a former Rajya Sabha MP, was recently elected to the Vidhan Sabha from Rampur in a by-election last month.