While resentment is brewing in All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) against Mulayam Singh Yadav government for not issuing fresh notification in Babri Masjid demolition case, the controversial report of suspended IPS officer BK Bhalla on "scenario of terrorism in India" has further added fuel to fire. The board has planned to take up the report for discussion at the annual conference in Chennai from January 11 to 13, 2007.
The board chairman Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi expressing concern over the report said here that Imarate Sharia was a respected organization and the comment against the institution in the report was aimed at vitiating atmosphere in the country. The board chief said that the institution had a glorious history of service to the nation. Condemning the report he said that government should pay proper attention to stop such tendency among the officers to defame minority institutions.
The Imarate Sharia chief and board general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin has already spoken to members on the issues.
The AIMPLB executive committee member Zafaryab Jilani told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that the matter would be raised at the conference along with other issues like fresh notification in Babri masjid demolition case, bullet-proofing of sanctum sanctorum at Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri masjid site and amendment in UP Zamindari Abolition Act providing inheritance to wife and daughter in landed property. Jilani said the "sweeping comments" in the report were serious and could not be sidetracked.
Jilani said the Yadav government needed to be vigilant from such officers. Jilani said the BJP president Kesrinath Tripathi had come out in defence of the officer, which amply indicated the prevailing situation in UP police. Another board member and Naib Imam Eidgah Khalid Rashid said that there was urgent need of "de-saffronisation" of the police force.
The board, which presented a memorandum to the chief minister on Wednesday, has again pressed for the acceptance of its demand of fresh notification in Babri case so that case number 198 pending in Rae Bareli could be clubbed with the case (197) in Lucknow. However the chief minister, strongly refuting the charge that he had been protecting the BJP leaders said in Vidhan Parishad on Tuesday that the CBI had to decided about the issue.