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UP govt to move against HC verdict on Muslims

As the state is set to go for poll, the HC judgment de-recognizing Muslims as minority community evoked sharp reaction in the community, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 21:56 IST

As the state is set to go for first phase of polling on April 7 the High Court judgment de-recognizing Muslims as minority community evoked sharp reaction in the community. While chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav announced to go in for review petition, the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB) also appealed to the Congress-led UPA government to take up the matter in the Supreme Court.

Yadav said special leave petition would be filed in the case. Yadav said all points would be included in the SLP and injustice would not be allowed to Muslims. Yadav said the government had already obtained stay on March 21, 2007 on another similar case from division bench of the high court.

The AIMPLB member and senior advocate Zafaryab Jilani told Hindustan Times that it was against the spirit of the seven-member Supreme Court bench in which the court had laid down guidelines for assessing the minority status. According to Jilani the apex court in its decision in PA Inamdar case on August 12, 2005 said that state, and not nation or region, should be considered as a unit for determining the minority status. The apex court said if the population of a group was less than 50 percent it should be considered minority. He said Muslim population in the state was about 18 to 20 per cent.

Expressing concern over the decision the former Prime Minister VP Singh said it was strange why the decision came just before the election. Singh such decisions at the time of election always created problem. The ex-PM wanted to know whether issue of minority status could be decided at the state level. He said going by the court argument Sikhs would not be minority in Punjab and Christians in North-East. Singh appealed to state and central governments to move against the decision in the apex court.

Prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad said he would move apex court in the case. This verdict will encourage the communal forces, he said. The Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said it was an "unfortunate decision" and action plan would be chalked in the matter. Maulana Rashid the verdict would harm the community, as it would not get any financial assistance from the Government. He said the communal forces would get opportunity to take political mileage out of it.