Just hours after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, his wife and their son on different dates before July 15, the SP leader was taken to Rampur for a court appearance where he took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stating all cases will be lodged against the Opposition under BJP’s rule.
“All the cases will continue to be on us, some other government people will also be sued, all the cases will be on the opposition parties under BJP,” said Khan. He also stressed that he was en route to the ED’s office as the agency had called him and said,”The ED has called me, now that they have asked me, I will go.”
The SP leader is being summoned in connection with a case linked to the construction of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.
Khan, his wife Tazeen Fatima, and their son Abdullah Azam have been asked to appear at its zonal office in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.
The case is linked to a massive fund transfer for the construction of UP’s Rampur-based Jauhar University. The ED registered the case in 2019.
In the ED’s money laundering case against Khan, a team from the agency’s Lucknow branch had also conducted verification of the land acquired by Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur in May.
The university is run by a trust headed by Khan, who is also the Rampur MLA and its former MP.
Khan was booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in August 2019 based on 26 cases of land grabbing registered by people in Rampur against him.
ED was to record the statement of Khan and his family members as there are allegations that huge donations were received, and wealth was amassed by the Jauhar Trust, headed by Khan.
ED is also tracking and scanning the details of trustees who gave money for the establishment of the university.
The federal agency is also probing the hawala money channel allegedly used by the trust for the establishment of the university.
Sources said several people had donated money to the trust and, in return, received contracts for construction work and supply of goods for the university.