WHILE RESENTMENT is brewing in the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) against Mulayam Singh Yadav government for not issuing a fresh notification in the Babri masjid demolition case, the controversial report of suspended IPS officer, BK Bhalla on “scenario of terrorism in India” has further worsened the situation. The AIMPLB plans to take up the report for discussion at its annual conference to be held in Chennai from January 11 to 13, 2007.
Expressing concern over the report, board chairman, Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi said that the Imarate Sharia was a respected organisation and the comment in the report against the institution, which had a glorious history of serving the nation, was aimed at vitiating atmosphere in the country. The government should pay attention to such matters and stop the officers from defaming minority institutions, he added. Imarate Sharia chief and board general secretary, Maulana Nizamuddin has already spoken to the members on the issue.
AIMPLB executive committee member, Zafaryab Jilani told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that the matter would be taken up at the Chennai conference along with other issues like fresh notification in Babri masjid demolition case, bullet-proofing of sanctum sanctorum at the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri masjid site and amendment in the UP Zamindari Abolition Act providing inheritance to wife and daughter in landed property.
Jilani said that the “sweeping comments” in the report were serious and could not be ignored. The Mulayam Singh government needed to be vigilant from such officers, he added. BJP president, Keshri Nath Tripathi had come out in defence of the officer, which amply indicated the prevailing situation in UP police, Jilani said.
Another board member and Naib Imam Eidgah Khalid Rashid said that there was urgent need to “de-saffronise” the police force.
The AIMPLB, which presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister today, has again pressed for the acceptance of its demand of fresh notification in Babri case so that the case number 198 pending in Rae Bareli could be clubbed with the case number 197 in Lucknow.
However, strongly refuting the charge that he was protecting the BJP leaders on Tuesday in the Vidhan Parishad, the Chief Minister said that it was up to the CBI to decide on the issue. email@example.com