India: Warrant Against Former Cricketer And Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin For Cheque Bounce

Rubbishing Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin's claim that he is the "star campaigner" in the UP polls and should be exempted from appearance before it, a Delhi court on Thursday issued non bailable warrant against him.

Warrant against Azhar for bounced cheque

NEW DELHI: Rubbishing Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin's claim that he is the "star campaigner" in the UP polls and should be exempted from appearance before it, a Delhi court on Thursday issued non bailable warrant against him.

Issuing the NBW for March 7, metropolitan magistrate Vikrant Vaid said Azharuddin was "deliberately" avoiding appearance before it in connection with a cheque-bouncing case. "He (Azharuddin) is deliberately not appearing before the court," Vaid observed as Azharuddin's counsel said that his client is busy in the poll campaigning. The former Indian skipper moved the court seeking stay or cancellation of an NBW issued against him on February 18 and sought exemption from personal appearance on Thursday.

"This (being the star campaigner) is between you and the party. The court has nothing to do with it," the magistrate said when Azharuddin's counsel argued before the court that unavailability of his client to attend the election campaigns could adversely impact his career.

Opposing his exemption plea, counsel for complainant Sanjay Solanki, said, "In this case, 26 dates have gone by and he has appeared only thrice. This shows his conduct."