A day after the Supreme Court granted Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan interim bail in an alleged cheating case, he was released from the Sitapur jail in Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning.
Azam Khan was welcomed by his son MLA Abdullah Azam, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohiya) leader Shivpal Singh Yadav, including a large number of supporters.
An MLA from UP’s Rampur district, Khan was accused of illegally acquiring a 13.84-hectare plot in the city for the construction of the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University. The land was classified as enemy property under the Enemy Property Act, 1968 after its former owner went to Pakistan during Partition.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court had granted him interim bail and later MP-MLA court had sent a letter to the Sitapur Jail administration late at night seeking Azam Khan’s release.
The senior Samajwadi Party was in prison for the last 27 months in connection with several cases, including that of land grabbing. The grant of the interim bail by the Top Court facilitated his release from the jail.