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SIMI sympathiser appointed Kanpur seminary caretaker

AFTER THE ?infamous? surrender of Mohd Aamir, here comes another shocking story. The Sunni Central Waqf Board has appointed a known sympathiser of the Students? Islamic Movement of India (often making financial contributions to it) as the caretaker and manager of the city?s oldest and biggest seminary ? the Jaam-e-Uloom.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 01:24 IST

AFTER THE ‘infamous’ surrender of Mohd Aamir, here comes another shocking story. The Sunni Central Waqf Board has appointed a known sympathiser of the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (often making financial contributions to it) as the caretaker and manager of the city’s oldest and biggest seminary — the Jaam-e-Uloom.

The man in question is Mohd Ismail Syed Shareef, a leather industrialist, in whom the board chairman Hafiz Mohd Usman has reposed faith to head the institution that is a contemporary to Darul Uloom, Deoband.

Hindustan Times is in possession of the receipt issued by none other than SIMI as a token of acceptance of donations made by his firm, the Sadaf Enterprises, Mohd Ali Park, Chamangunj, in 1999. This was the period when SIMI was climbing up the ladder to infamy with subversive activities.

It is said his ‘generous approach’ for SIMI had placed him in the index of sympathisers/financers, prepared by the intelligence agencies. Having a total 100 names from the city alone, it is now described as index of ‘sleeping agents’ by the security agencies.

The discovery that may become another embarrassment has made the agencies sit up and find out the reason behind the appointment at Jaam-e-Uloom.

“He’s never involved with the seminary or its activities. His emergence out of the blue is what really surprises us,” says a source. A close relative of Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari, Shareef was appointed ‘mutawalli’ and ‘mohtammim’ of the seminary by the board, perhaps, in a most controversial way.

Chairman Usman endorsed his appointment on basis of an affidavit declaring that he’s been elected as ‘mohtammim’ (manager) by the 12-member ‘shoora’.

This shoora was formed parallel to the elected one that had nominated revered cleric Haji Nasrullah, whose application hasn’t been entertained by the board in last one year or so. In the process, Shareef’s affidavit hasn’t disclosed the ‘shoora’ strength supporting him and his new team and how many ‘shoora’ members attended the meeting, which elected him ‘mohtammim’, held at residence of new treasurer Haji Wasi, in Chamangunj.

Haji Wasi is one of the most controversial figures and said to be listed with city police as a land mafia. He will now be taking care of the seminary that is quite rich in real estate assets at prime locations. Both Shareef and Haji Wasi are strongly backed by Shaher Qazi Manzoor Ahmed Mazahari who has retained his post of principal.

When HT contacted Syed Shareef at his Unnao factory he flatly denied having links with SIMI or ever had made any donations. But he confirms that he owns Sadaf Enterprises in Chamangunj.

“My only association is with Jamat-e-Islami. My father was the Ameer of Jamat and yes I’m inclined to it,” he told HT to add another interesting twist to the story.

The constitution of the seminary clearly bars anyone having association with political outfits like Jamat-e-Islami from taking up any post. And, sources claim further, that all these fact have been put up before the competent authorities who the looked other way for reasons only known to them.