Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in a move to probe allegedly fake cases lodged against party ‘s Rampur MP Azam Khan has constituted a 21-member panel led by the leader of opposition Ahmad Hasan in the Legislative Council.

Party spokesperson Rajendra Chowdhury said the 21-member committee of party legislators will reach Rampur on July 20 and probe fake cases pertaining to the encroachment of land of farmers against Khan, who is also the vice-chancellor of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.

The committee is expected to submit its report to Akhilesh within three days of the visit, said Chowdhury. The formation of the committee is seen as a move to defend Azam Khan and rake up the issue in the state Assembly which will begin on Thursday. Reportedly, the SP will pressurize the BJP government for Khan’s harassment based on the findings of the investigation panel.

The allegations include Khan forcibly taking land from farmers and the Rampur district administration lodging around dozens of cases against him. Reports also suggest that the district administration was planning to put up Local MP Khan’s name on the anti-Iand mafia portal that was introduced by the Yogi Adityanath government.

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