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The Supreme Court on Monday heard the petition filed by SP leader Azam Khan against the cancellation of his legislature. During this, the Supreme Court summoned the reply from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Election Commission of India. The Samajwadi Party leader has been disqualified from the membership of the House after he was convicted and sentenced to three years in jail for making provocative speeches.

Court appeared on behalf of Azam Khan P. Chidambaram

Hearing the matter, a division bench of Justice D.Y Chandrachud and Justice Hima Kohli asked Additional Advocate General Garima Prasad, appearing for Uttar Pradesh, to file her reply on Khan’s plea. The bench also asked Prasad to take his plea to the standing counsel for the Election Commission. The court asked Prasad, “What was the hurry to disqualify him? You should have at least given him some time.” In response, Prasad said the disqualification was in line with the apex court’s direction which it had given in one of its judgments. Senior advocate P Chidambaram, appearing for Khan, said Vikram Saini, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Khatauli assembly in Muzaffarnagar district, was also convicted on October 11 and sentenced to two years, but his disqualification. No decision was taken.

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Making his arguments, Azam Khan’s lawyer P. Chidambaram said that the urgency in this matter is that the Election Commission of India is going to issue a gazette notification on November 10 regarding the announcement of by-elections in Rampur Sadar seat. He said that the judges of the Sessions Court are on leave for a few days and the Allahabad High Court is closed, so Azam Khan could not go there against his conviction and sentence. The bench asked Prasad, appearing for the state government, as to why no action was taken in the matter of Khatauli assembly seat. The court fixed November 13 for further hearing of the matter and asked Prasad to file his reply after receiving directions.

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