Azam Khan to take oath again as UP minister

Last Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 14:58

Lucknow: Senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan, who was recently sworn-in as minister in UP cabinet, will have to take the oath again on Saturday after it was found that he had not taken the pledge of secrecy and
office as per Constitutional procedures.

The decision to conduct a swearing-in ceremony was taken
after a PIL was filed in the Allahabad High Court claiming
that Khan has not taken oath of office as a minister as
provided in the Form V of the 3rd Schedule of the
Constitution.

A local lawyer, Yodendra Kumar Misra, had yesterday filed
the writ petition through his counsel Hari Shankar Jain.
The petitioner alleged that in absence of oath of office
as required, no person can perform the functions as a minister
and he is to be deemed a usurper of the office.

The petitioner had prayed that the court may issue a writ
in the nature of quo warranto against Khan as it cannot
function as a minister of the state.

The matter is likely to come up for hearing on March 20.
Government sources, meanwhile, said the political
leadership has already taken note of the anomaly and checked
out the video recordings of the ceremony to find out the
position after which it was decided that Khan should take the
oath of office and secrecy again.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 14:58

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