The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money-laundering case against Samajwadi Party Lok Sabha MP Azam Khan, the officials said on Thrusday. The case against Azam Khan was registered in connection with the alleged land grab cases registered against him in Uttar Pradesh.
The officials said that the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against Azam Khan was field after taking congnisance of at least 26 Uttar Pradesh Police FIRs against him. The ECIR is filed by the Enforcement Directorate and is equivalent to a police FIR.
The ED has pressed several sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against the controversial Samajwadi Party parliamentarian and others. Khan is accused of illegally grabbing lands by threatening extortion, a charge he denied categorically.
The development has come two days after Uttar Pradesh Police issued a lookout circular (LOC) against Azam Khan's close aide and former Circle Officer Aale Hassan in connection with land encroachment cases related to Khan's Jauhar University.
The LOC issued against Hassan has asked the director of the university to provide documents related to the purchase of land for the campus. The UP Police also carried out raids at Mohammad Ali Jauhar University over allegations of stealing over 9000 books from Madrasa Alia. Many of the books stolen were rare manuscripts, according to reports.
Earlier on Wednesday, Azam Khan's son Abdullah Azam Khan was detained outside the Jauhar University by the team of Uttar Pradesh Police. The cops nabbed Abdullah as they feared that he would try to influence the ongoing probe regarding the alleged graft at the varsity.