A day after UP Police said that veteran Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MLA Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam Khan, also an MLA, have returned their security teams and gone “untraceable” amid court summons against them, Tanzeen Fatima in a statement said his husband Azam Khan was admitted at Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital with son Abdullah taking care of him there.
Following Fatima’s statement, police said they have sent back the security team to the Delhi hospital. “The news that my husband Azam Khan and son Abdullah Azam Khan are missing is false… Azam Khan is still at Delhi’s Gangaram Hospital undergoing treatment… My husband is having mental and physical health issues, and is in no position to bear any pressure. If he is needed for some investigation, then he will take part in it properly after his health improves,” Fatima, a former MP, said in the statement. Fatima also said that the “information that her son and husband had returned their security cover was wrong”.
Additional SP (Rampur) Sansar Singh on Wednesday said: “After we got to know that Azam Khan is admitted at a Delhi hospital, we sent back our officials… We hope that he will accept the security… A few days ago, Khan’s driver had sent back officials deployed for his security, saying they weren’t needed.” Police had earlier said that three security personnel were provided to Azam under the Y-category security.
On Tuesday, police said that Azam Khan and Abdullah Azam Khan were untraceable and have been skipping court appearances for some time. Police said Azam’s lawyer told the court that he didn’t know his whereabouts.
Sansar Singh denied that police had issued a “lookout” notice against Azam. “There is no truth to it. No lookout notice has been issued,” the officer said. “…The case against Azam Khan is in the final stages. He had a date for a court appearance on September 17, but he said he has undergone surgery and can’t come… Then, on September 21, his lawyer said he can’t come because he was busy with another case… Azam has many lawyers. Anyone could have come so that the court’s proceedings could have moved ahead. This was a matter of creating hindrance… The court ordered the CMO to find out if he was unwell. A team was formed on September 21 to examine him. On September 22, his lawyer said he doesn’t know Azam Khan’s whereabouts. On September 23, when the report was to be submitted, his lawyer said that he is admitted in Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi. The court then gave him two options – to appear through video-conferencing or submit an affidavit. Then, he was supposed to appear on September 24, when he said that he should be excused from the appearance. This is all ways to push the proceedings,” Singh said.
The case in question is over an alleged 2019 hate speech. Stating that police follow the court’s orders, the ASP said, “We want Azam Khan to be secure and it is our duty to give him security.” The next hearing is scheduled for October 1, said a lawyer, representing Azam.