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Stage set for battle royale

india Updated: Aug 28, 2010 09:22 IST
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Battles lines are being drawn between the tenants of Mohd Amir Mohd Khan, son of Raja of Mahmudabad and his (Khan's) supporters, even as the Parliament is yet to give its nod to the amended Enemy Property Bill. The Lucknow Vyapar Mandal (LVM) and UP Udyog Vyapar Pratinidhi Mandal has given a call for a sit-in at Shaheed Smarak on Friday to protest against the amendment allowing Khan to retain his properties, earlier termed as enemy properties.

"Traders have rallied around those shopkeepers in Hazratganj, who are presently occupying these (enemy) properties and would oppose any move to divest them of their livelihood," said CK Chabra, media in-charge of the LVM. Traders are accusing the Central Government of bringing in the new Bill just to appease Mohd Amir Mohd Khan. President of the UP Jamiat Islami Hind, Mohammad Ahmad scoffs at the charge. "This is a calumny being perpetuated by vested and communal interests. Raja of Mehmudabad is a bonafide Indian citizen and has every right to claim his properties illegally occupied by several traders in Hazratganj and elsewhere in other parts of India," he said.

Khan, he said, had rightfully got his title of ownership from the Supreme Court in 2005. The Enemy Property Amendment and Validation Ordinance 2010 belies the aspirations of Muslims all over the country as it invalidated the provision of oral gift. Oral gift is a part of Muslim Personal Law and any move to amend this would amount to an infringement of Muslim Personal Law, he said.

This Ordinance, by the Central Government, if passed in the present form, would jolt the Muslims all over the country as the Custodian of Enemy Property, Mumbai, will have control over properties, almost all owned by Muslims, he said.

First coined after the Indo-China war of 1962, the expression Enemy Property was given the shape of an Act in 1968. Why are indigenous Indian Muslims still being made to bear the brunt for partition of 1947 when all the leaders of that time were equally responsible for it, he asked.