In a major setback to Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan, the Supreme Court today refused to transfer criminal cases pending against him in a Rampur special court, outside Uttar Pradesh on grounds of alleged "persecution".

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SA Nazeer and Justice PS Narasimha said it needed more cogent reasons for transferring the ongoing criminal cases against Khan.

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"I will not get justice in the state. I am being persecuted... It is not a judge... It is the state. Everywhere, the situation will be the same inside the state," senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Khan, said.

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