After at least 13 cases being filed against Azam Khan by the Uttar Pradesh from the year 2006-2016, the senior leader in the Samajwadi Party made the issue a communal one and said that he is being punished for winning the Lok Sabha seat in Rampur as a Muslim against the ruling party BJP.
"...The proof of our innocence is that the riots are orchestrated during the government. This is done to prevent a government which is working towards development. This is not about madrassas, this about paying the price after 1947. Because I am who I am and I have won the elections against huge personalities. They tried their best to win the election. The counting agent even wore a saffron shirt during the vote-count. But he changed the shirt after the margin increased. I bought the lands via cheques and have registered them and it has been 12-14 years. I won't mention much here as they will prepare against it ahead of the court date," he said.
On July 18, the district authorities listed Samajwadi leader as a 'land mafia' in the anti-land mafia portal that was introduced by the Yogi Adityanath government for allegedly forcibly taking land from farmers to construct the Mohammed Ali Jauhar University, as per sources. During this week, the authorities have reportedly registered around 13 cases against him in connection with land grabbing between the years 2006-2016.
Earlier on Wednesday, in a bid to defend Khan, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had constituted a 21-member committee, led by the leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, to probe "fake cases" lodged against party MP Azam Khan in Rampur. The 21-member committee of party legislators led by Leader of Opposition in Legislative council will reach Rampur on July 20 and probe fake cases pertaining to encroachment of land of farmers against Khan, who is also the vice-chancellor of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, and incidents to harass him by the district administration," SP chief spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said.