Samajwadi Party leader Mohammed Azam Khan, wife Tazeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam Khan have been found guilty by a Court in Rampur district in the fake birth certificate case. They have been sentenced to seven-seven years of imprisonment.
An MP/MLA Court presided over by Magistrate Shobit Bansal convicted them under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged [document or electronic record]) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
This case pertains to the 2017 UP Assembly elections when Khan’s son (Abdullah Azam) had contested and won the election from the Swar assembly seat of Rampur on the Samajwadi party ticket, however, later on, Akash Saxena (now sitting BJP MLA, Rampur) lodged a case against Azam khan, his wife and Son alleging that they all conspired to get two birth certificates made for Abdullah Azam Khan.
It was alleged that in the first certificate, he was shown to have been born in Rampur, while the other certificate stated that he was born in Lucknow.
It was also the case against Abdullah Azam that he did not meet the age criteria (25 years) to contest the MLA elections. It was claimed that his date of birth on the educational certificate was 1 January 1993, whereas, on his birth certificate, his date of birth was stated as 30 September, 1990.
After this case reached the High Court, a hearing on it started and the birth certificate presented by Abdullah was found to be fake. After this, his election from the Swar seat was also annulled.