HC issues second notice to Azam Khan in office of profit case after he fails to reply

Lucknow: Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court  has issued yet another notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and senior cabinet minister Mohammad Azam Khan to reply on the office of profit case within four weeks’ of time.

A division bench of justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Rakesh Srivastava passed the order on Thursday on a writ petition alleging that despite being a cabinet minister, Khan was holding the post of chancellor of Rampur’s Maulana Mohammaad Ali Jauhar University, which being an office of profit was against the law.

Notably, on September 25 last year, the court had sought a reply from Khan and the state government within six weeks.
Appearing on behalf of the state government, additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal had contended that the chancellor of the university does not come under the purview of office of profit after which the court sought a reply within six-weeks.
“Since the response could not be filed till date, the court, on Thursday, provided four more weeks for the same, said the petitioner’s counsel,” Ashok Pande.

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