However, the court refused to accept a prayer for issuing directions for the lodging of an FIR against him over an alleged hate speech. A division bench of justices Devi Prasad Singh and Arvind Kumar Tripathi passed the order on a writ petition filed by two persons seeking a direction in the nature of quo warranto against Azam asking him to explain. A direction was also sought in the plea for the lodging of an FIR against the Minister in connection with an alleged hate speech by him targeting a cleric.
The petitioners' counsel Ashok Pandey alleged that despite being a cabinet minister, Azam was holding the post of chancellor of Jauhar University, which is an office of profit and hence against the law.
On behalf of the state government, additional advocate general Bulbul Godiyal contended that the petition was not maintainable and that the writ of quo warran to could not be issued in the matter of an alleged hate speech. Godiyal also submitted that Azam does not comes under the purview of office of profit as the chancellor.
The court provided six weeks to Azam and the government to file their response in the matter. The petitioners may file their rejoinder affidavit within two weeks thereafter.
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