Muslim Law Board seeks law against blasphemy, opposes forced conversions, rejects UCC

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November 22, 2021

Kanpur, Nov 22: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has objected to the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC) saying it does not go along with the fundamental rights that allows citizens to practice religion as has been enshrined in the Constitution.

Board officials and members rejected the UCC saying the Muslim society will not accept the proposed civil code as it is neither suitable nor useful for a vast multi-religious country like India.

Qasim Rasool Ilyas, Media Coordinator of the Board, told the media after a two-day convention here on Sunday that every citizen has been given the right in the Constitution to have faith in his religion and tell others about it.

"Uniform Civil Code is not appropriate in a multi-religious society. This is contrary to the fundamental rights of the Constitution," he said.

The board has demanded from the government not to impose UCC on Muslims. He said that the board is against those who conduct forced conversions. An appeal has been made to the Muslim community to oppose it.

The board also sought a new legislation against blasphemy while expressing concern over “increasing instances of insult to holy figures”.

A total of 11 resolutions were passed on Sunday, the last day of the session of Madrasa Darul Talim and Sanat (DTS) in Kanpur's Jajmau. Among them, disputes regarding WAQF properties and conversion etc. were prominent. The board opposed forced conversions and non-religious marriages.

The meeting resolved that no person, organization or government using WAQF has the right to sell it or use it for any other purpose against the intention of WAQF. It is an interference with the religious rights of Muslims and Sharia law, they said.

At the convention, it was demanded from the government that they should bring effective laws for women's safety. Strict action was demanded against those who commented on the Prophet.Special initiative was sought from the government to stop the increasing atrocities against minorities, Dalits and other weaker sections.

An appeal was made to the Muslim society to follow the Shariat, to marry with simplicity and not to ask for dowry. Resolve mutual disputes through arbitration and even then if things do not work out, approach the Darul Qaza. Avoid inter-religious marriage, as it creates division in the society and affects communal harmony, the officials at the convention decided.

The convention suggested religious rules and books are related to faith, so only those who understood religion have the right to interpret it. Governments or other institutions should refrain from interpreting religious books or religious terminology, they said.

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May 20,2022

Bengaluru, May 20: The Vidhana Soudha police have managed to solve the case within hours after a hoax call landed to the police control room threatening a time box has been fixed in the premises of Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. 

The police arrested a 32-year-old man identified as Subhasis Gupta, a resident of a paying guest accommodation in KS Garden, Shanthi Nagar in Central Bengaluru and a native of West Bengal.

In preliminary investigations, police have found that the caller wanted to trap his brother-in-law in the case, supposedly to punish him for divorcing his sister. But his luck ran out as police nabbed him.

Around 3.27 am, the police control room (112) received a call from an unknown number. The caller spoke in Hindi informed the helpline staff that a time bomb has been fixed in KIA and it would explode in half-an-hour. The caller alleged that a person named Deepak Sonar has fixed the bomb. He further abused the staff and challenged them to catch Deepak Sonar and disconnected the call.

An alert was immediately made to the KIA and jurisdictional Kempegowda International Airport police station. Tension had gripped the airport till the bomb detection and disposal squad, sniffer dog squad, officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), airport authorities and the jurisdictional police thoroughly checked the premises and declared it a hoax.

Meanwhile, a complaint was filed with the Vidhana Soudha police by a police sub-inspector of Command Centre in the Commissioner of Police office. The police swung into action and arrested Gupta from near his PG with the help of the mobile number used to make the hoax call. During interrogation, police found that Sonar is Gupta's brother-in-law. Sonar had married Gupta's elder sister Ranjitha Gupta in 2004, but the couple developed disputes just a few days after the marriage.

Sonar has allegedly married another woman and a case is filed in the court regarding the same. Because of Ranjitha's marital issue, Gupta's two other sisters are not getting married. Hence, he wanted to take revenge on Sonar and made a threatening call to trap him in the case.

Gupta studied Diploma in Computer Science. He came to Bengaluru in 2019 and worked in a call centre. He lost the job during the Covid-19 pandemic. He joined as IT support staff in V Sure Informatics Pvt Ltd in KIA in August 2020. He was sacked by the company in March this year for his bad behaviour in the workplace. At present he is unemployed. The Vidhana Soudha police are investigating further.

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May 17,2022

New Delhi, May 17: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a new case of illegal gratification against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti for allegedly facilitating visa of 250 Chinese nationals after receiving Rs 50 lakh 'bribe'.

Following this, the CBI conducted coordinated raids on at least nine premises of Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Karti across multiple locations, including Mumbai and his Chennai residence on Tuesday morning.

In the new case, which is an off shoot of an ongoing probe, the CBI has alleged that Karti had received Rs 50 lakh bribe to facilitate visa of 250 Chinese nationals during the UPA regime, the officials said.

The CBI got the whiff of the case during its ongoing investigation related to the INX media case, in which Karti is already under probe for allegedly getting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance for INX media, they said.

Following the scrutiny of the transaction, the CBI had detected the payments worth Rs 50 lakh alleged to be illegal gratification for facilitating the visa of Chinese workers who were supposed to work at the firm, the officials said.

In connection with this, the searches were conducted at three locations in Chennai, three in Mumbai, and one each in Karnataka, Punjab and Odisha, according to CBI officials.

Soon Karti took to Twitter saying, "I have lost count, how many times has it been?"

His office also confirmed that the CBI is conducting searches at the residences and offices of Karti.

Earlier in 2017, the CBI had conducted raids at the residence of former finance minister Chidambaram and son Karti in connection with criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval. At least 14 locations in Chidambaram's home city of Chennai were searched by the CBI then.

Meanwhile, police have been deployed outside Chidambaram's residence in Chennai while CBI searches multiple locations of his son on Tuesday.

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May 12,2022

Lucknow, May 12: Singing of the national anthem "Jana Gana Mana" has been made compulsory at all madrasas in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday, an official said here.

The Registrar of the Uttar Pradesh madrasa Education Board, SN Pandey, also issued an order to this effect to all the District Minority Welfare Officers on May 9.

According to the decision taken in the board meeting on March 24, the singing of the national anthem at the time of prayer at all madrasas across the state has been made mandatory, he said.

He said regular classes at the madrasas began on May 12 after the Ramzan holidays, and the order came into effect on the same day.

The order said that before the commencement of classes, the national anthem will be sung by teachers and students from the upcoming academic session in all recognised, aided and non-aided madrasas in the state.

The District Minority Welfare Officers have been tasked to ensure compliance with the order.

General Secretary of Teachers' Association Madaris Arabia, Diwan Sahab Zaman Khan, said that till now at madrasas, usually Hamd (praises to Allah) and Salam (salutations to Muhammad) were recited before the start of classes.

The national anthem was also sung in some, but it was not compulsory. "Now it has been made mandatory," he added.

The order comes after the state's Minority Welfare Minister Dharampal Singh last month emphasised teaching nationalism at madrasas.

Minister of State Danish Azad Ansari had also said that the government wants the madrasa students to be "full of patriotism".

At present, there are a total of 16,461 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh and 560 of them receive government grants. 

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