NEW DELHI: A day after Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan, who is currently in prison “snubbed” to meet his party MLA, met Congress leader and spiritual guru Acharya Pramod Krishnam in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur district jail on Monday.
After his meeting with Khan, Krishnam said that putting the senior Samajwadi Party leader in prison amounts to “oppression”. The Congress leader said that he believed Khan would be out of prison soon after the court decided his case.
Targeting the UP government, he said that putting a leader like Khan behind bars in “cases like goat-stealing” was “oppression and a big atrocity”. “The harassment being faced by him will have a bearing on the politics of the country in the days to come,” he said.
Krishnam further said that he had come to inquire about Khan’s health. The spiritual guru also said that he presented the former minister with a copy of the Bhagavad Gita “as it is a book of justice”.
“Being a Muslim in this country is a crime now,” Krishnam said.
The development came a day after Samajwadi Party MLA from Lucknow central Ravidas Mehrotra, claiming to be an emissary of party president Akhilesh Yadav, had come here to see Khan but was turned away.
On Friday, Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) leader Shivpal Yadav too had met Khan, who is in jail for the last two years in connection with cases that include theft, encroachment and criminal intimidation.
Supporters of Khan had been critical of Samajwadi Party chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for neglecting the senior leader and not being vocal.
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