While there were a few raised eyebrows given the tension in ties between Azam and the SP leadership, particularly chief Akhilesh Yadav, old-timers said this gesture by the veteran – who has the state watching his every move – was purely personal.
Imprisoned for the past two years, Azam Khan remained very much a part of the political discourse, especially since the recent Uttar Pradesh results, and the choices he makes now will shape Opposition politics in the coming days in the state.
Gyanvapi mosque case:On Saturday, the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee had filed an application in the court seeking the replacement of Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar Mishra, accusing him of being “biased”.
Advocate Hari Shankar Jain, who is one of the lawyers representing the five women, said Singh will withdraw from the suit on Monday. “She is withdrawing but that will not affect our case. The other four will continue with the legal proceedings,” said Jain.
According to officials, the survey that started in the afternoon was stopped for some time as lawyers representing the mosque accused Advocate Commissioner Ajai Kumar, appointed by the court to conduct the inspection, of being "biased".
Mishra, who the police are calling the “mastermind” of the incident, is a former Bajrang Dal worker. Currently unemployed, Mishra was earlier booked in four cases, including one in 2016 for holding an “arms training programme for youth using toy guns” in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya Police said the seven arrested persons have been identified as Mahesh Kumar Mishra, Pratyush Srivastava, Nitin Kumar, Deepak Kumar Gaur alias Gunjan, Brijesh Pandey, Shatrughan Prajapati and Vimal Pandey – all residents of Ayodhya district.
The three Ballia-based journalists are Ajit Ojha and Digvijay Singh of Amar Ujala newspaper, and Manoj Gupta of Rashtriya Sahara newspaper. At least 52 people have been arrested in the case, including Ballia District Inspector Of Schools (DIOS) Brijesh Mishra.
The 24-year-old was brought to the Lanka police station after a call was received, it was learnt. The youth was picked up by “certain police personnel from the amphitheatre ground of the BHU and was taken to the police station”, Pradeep had said.
The demolition, on the basis of an order passed a year ago, was carried out three days after MLA Shazil Islam Ansari and some others were booked for allegedly making objectionable comments against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at a function in Bareilly district Sunday.
While police said the journalists were arrested on the “basis of their role” in the paper leak, at least two of the three journalists have alleged that they have been “framed for reporting on the paper leak”.