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Lucknow, Feb 26 (PTI)
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, his legislator-wife Tazeen Fatma and MLA-son Abdullah Azam surrendered before a Rampur court on Wednesday and were sent to judicial custody over Abdullah's allegedly fake birth certificate.

Rampur Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Mishra told PTI that the three Khan family members have been remanded in custody till March 2.

The case relates to two birth certificates for Abdullah Azam, who allegedly also gave a wrong date of birth while filing his nomination papers for the assembly elections in 2017.

Abdullah's election was set aside by the Allahabad High Court last December. He then approached the Supreme Court, which is still hearing the case.

Rampur's Additional District Judge Dhirendra Kumar on Monday rejected an anticipatory bail plea filed by the family and issued non-bailable warrants and a notice for attaching their property.

On Wednesday, the three family members surrendered before the court, which sent them to judicial custody.

In a tweet, the SP accused the ruling BJP of vendetta against the powerful politician.

A Rampur BJP leader Akash Saxena had lodged an FIR at Gang police station on January 3, 2019 alleging fraud related to Abdullah Azam's two birth certificates. In April, police filed the charge sheet in court.

It alleged that Azam Khan's son also had two passports and two PAN cards.

In one birth certificate, issued by the Rampur municipality, Abdullah's birth date was mentioned as January 1, 1993. The other certificate said he was born in Lucknow on September 30, 1990, according to the charge against him.

A case was also registered against Azam Khan and his wife as they had submitted an affidavit testifying their son's second birth certificate.

Azam Khan represents Rampur in the Lok Sabha and his wife is an MLA from the Rampur assembly seat. Their son Abdullah won from the Suar assembly segment in 2017.

The Allahabad High Court set aside Abdullah's election last December on a plea by defeated BSP candidate Kazim Ali Khan that the SP candidate was under 25 when he filed his nomination papers in 2017. Abdullah Azam allegedly used fake documents to claim that he had reached the age to contest the polls.

In recent years, Azam Khan has also faced charges of encroachment of land around Rampur's Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, where he is the chancellor.

The SP indirectly blamed the ruling BJP for the case against the politician, suggesting that it was vendetta.

The Samajwadi Party doesn't consider any action taken in revenge appropriate. Governments can't run on bias, the party tweeted in Hindi.

"The Samajwadi Party also trusts the judicial process. We have faith in court, we will get justice, it added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party welcomed the development.

"Azam Khan did politics for himself only. It is for the exploitation of the poor. We welcome the decision of the court to send him to the jail, BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said.

He said SP chief Akhilesh Yadav should give an explanation on the kind of people associated with him in politics.

The Supreme Court had on January 17 refused to stay the Allahabad High Court verdict annulling Abdullah's election to the UP Assembly.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had sought the response of the Election Commission and the defeated BSP candidate on the matter.

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