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.
Yodendra Kumar Misra, a local lawyer 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.