SC upholds HC order in setting aside 2017 election of Azam Khan's sontext_fields
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld the High Court order which set aside Samajwadi party candidate Abdullah Azam Khan's election to the Uttar Pradesh assembly in 2017.
A bench comprising Justices Ajay Rastogi and B.V. Nagarathna said the petition has been dismissed. The top court judgment came on a plea by Abdullah Azam challenging the high court order.
The case is connected with the two birth certificates of Abdullah Azam, where he allegedly gave a wrong date of birth while filing the nomination papers for the 2017 poll.
The high court in December 2019 ruled that Abdullah Azam was not qualified to contest the election, since he was below 25 years of age when he filed the nomination papers as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party from the Suar constituency in 2017.
A Rampur court had sent Azam Khan and his wife to jail for their alleged role in acquiring a fake birth certificate for Abdullah Azam.
In January 2019, Rampur BJP leader Akash Saxena lodged an FIR at the Ganj police station alleging fraud in securing two birth certificates with different dates.
In 2017, Abdullah Azam won from the Suar Assembly, but was unseated by the high court for being underage. In the 2022 Assembly polls, he was again elected from the constituency.