Non-bailable warrant against Azharuddin

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New Delhi: A
Delhi court on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against former
Indian cricket captain-turned-MP Mohammed Azharuddin after he failed to
appear in person before a court in a dud cheque case.

Metropolitan
Magistrate Vikrant Vaid issued the warrant against Azharuddin even as his
counsel moved an exemption application Thursday on the ground that he was
busy campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

"The
exemption application is dismissed," the court said while directing
Azharuddin to appear in person March 7.

Earlier, the Delhi court
had issued a non-bailable warrant against him for not appearing in court
on the day of the final verdict in the case, a lawyer said.

According
to complainant Sanjay Solanki, he helped Azharuddin purchase property in
Bandra in Mumbai for Rs.1.5 crore. As per the agreement to sell and
purchase, Azhar agreed to pay double the initial amount of Rs.1.5 crore if
the deal fell through due to his failure to comply with the terms.

When
the deal did not mature, Azhar refused to pay double the amount, the
complainant's counsel Gurvinder Singh Talwar said. Azhar issued two
cheques of amount Rs.1.5 crore twice to the complainant, which were
dishonoured, he said.

Azhar during the framing of charges claimed
innocence and told the court that he did not know the complainant
personally and met him for the first time in court.

He added that
he made the payment to the person who had set the deal as the agreement,
carrying the MP's Delhi address, was made by another person. "That person
told me that he had paid the money to Solanki," Azhar told the court July
21, 2011.





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