By LE Desk

Lucknow, June 12, 2021: The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Samajwadi Party MP Mohd Azam Khan in connection with appointment of 1,300 engineers, clerks and stenographers at Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam during the previous regime.

The recruitment was carried out when Azam Khan was the Urban Development Minister.

Azam Khan is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Lucknow after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Passing the order, Justice Rajeev Singh on Friday said Azam Khan is already in judicial custody in the case as he was served a warrant on November 19 last year in the Sitapur jail and as such the anticipatory bail plea was not maintainable, news agency PTI reported.

The bail plea was moved by Azam Khan’s lawyers Kapil Sibal and IB Singh.

Additional Government Advocate Santosh Kumar Mishra opposed the bail plea, arguing that the court concerned had sent a warrant to Azam Khan in the Sitapur jail and it was served on him the next day.

So, he is already deemed to be in judicial custody in the case, hence, his anticipatory bail plea is not maintainable, the lawyer said.

At this, Azam Khan’s lawyers submitted that if he is deemed to be in judicial custody, he must be entitled to default bail because the charge sheet in the case was filed on May 25 this year, after 90-day period from November 19.

The court said Azam Khan may move the appropriate court for default bail and that the same cannot be considered by the High Court at this stage.

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