The Uttar Pradesh government after 16 years has reclaimed 170 acres of land from Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur that is run by a trust headed by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan after the Allahabad High Court dismissed a plea against proceedings initiated by the UP government to take over the land due to non-adherence to certain conditions on which the land was given in 2005.
Established in 2006, the University is run by Mohammad Ali Jauhar Trust, whose president happens to be Azam Khan, MP from Samajwadi Party. Citing the district administration’s report, the Allahabad Court underlined that a mosque was constructed on the land which was given to the trust only for use for educational purposes. The court found that it was a direct violation of the condition on the basis of which the land was given by the then Samajwadi government.
In 2005, the previous government of SP enacted the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Act, in which the state government granted permission to the Trust to acquire 400 acres of land against ceiling 12.5 acres while imposing certain restrictions, one of which was not to use the land in any religious construction and will be solely used for educational activities. Under this law, if the conditions are violated, the state government owns the full right to reclaim the land.
However, the university authorities have stated that classes will continue to run as usual and the admission process will be unhindered with the decision. Azam Khan who is the MP from Rampur is also the chancellor of the University and has been in news for carrying out irregularities and encroachment practices on the land.