He is Dhar’s Shahar Qazi, a prominent member of the community. He daily meets people in his house and goes regularly to offer namaz. But, as per chief judicial magistrate (CJM) court’s records, Qazi Waqar Sadiq, is “absconding” in a sedition case.
Sadiq and eight others were booked in case of sedition on December 7 for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans during a procession to protest against an inflammatory statement issued by Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari on Prophet Mohammad in Lucknow.
All the accused were arrested except two - Waqar Sadiq and president of minority cell of Congress Mujeeb Quereshi.
In December, the matter was raised in the floor of house by a congress MLA and home minister of Madhya Pradesh, Babu Lal Gaur, assured that the case will be taken back after a probe.
“Three months after that assurance, not a single policeman has quizzed me. I am here at my house in heart of the town but local papers have declared me absconding. I don’t know what the government and Dhar police are doing in the case,” said Sadiq while talking to Hindustan Times.
“They (police) have no evidence against me, hence the delay,” the qazi said.
When asked SP ( Dhar) Rajesh Hingarkar, about the progress of probe after the assurance home minister, he said, “The case of sedition is still on the shahar qazi as we are investigating the case.”
Qazi further said that he feels ashamed of going out.
“What will people say? Under these circumstances, I am totally perplexed what to do. I have full faith in the law and constitution of my country and I hope that the case will be investigated soon,” the shahar qazi added.
Sadiq’s hold over the 2.10 lakh Muslims in 164 villages of Dhar district is undisputed.
The qazi further said no anti-national slogan was raised during the procession, and also pointed out that he was not the organizer of the event.
“Police tricked us, as initially only cases related to disrupting peace and preventing government official from discharging duty were registered against us. Police said there was pressure from higher-ups and asked us to surrender, which we did. But then they said that a case of sedition had been added. Six of those arrested are still in jail”, he added.