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The Allahabad High Court on Friday directed that no coercive action should be taken against one Mohd. Fasih Zaidi, who is a co-accused in the Azam Khan land grab case. (Mohd Fasih Zaidi v State of UP)
The case involves allegations that Samajwadi Party leader, Mohd Azam Khan and his associates had coerced farmers to transfer their holdings for his University, the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, Rampur.
The Court was dealing with a petition filed under Section 482, CrPC to quash criminal proceedings in the case and the summoning orders issued in 27 criminal cases against the petitioner.
While granting interim relief to the co-accused in the said case, Justice Suneet Kumar also gave time for the State to address Court on why the plea moved to quash the summons issued was not maintainable.
The petitioner's counsel argued that he was not named in the FIRs, that there was no evidence of his complicity in the alleged offences and that there was an abuse of process involved.
Recording these submissions, the High Court has now ordered that no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner/applicant until the next date of hearing, provided he cooperates with the trial.
The matter will be next heard on January 11, 2021.
Senior Advocate Manish Tiwary along with Advocate Syed Imran Ibrahim appeared for the petitioner/applicant and AAG Vinod Diwakar assisted by GA Jay Narayan appeared for the State.
Read the order here: