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2005: Indian Muslim Press Statements
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BJP's Intervention in Jama Masjid Case to Support Bukhari Condemned

BJP’s Intervention in Jama Masjid Case to Support 
Ahmed Bukhari and his Trust Condemned

BJP is Repaying Old Debt to Bukhari for Political Support in 2004

Case is Subjudice to be Decided in terms of Wakf Act

Wakf Board Should also Question Legality and Working of Jama Masjid Trust

New Delhi, 21 July, 2005: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:

"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) condemns the intervention of the BJP, through the former Minister Shri Shahnawaz Husain, in support of continuing the present management of the Jama Masjid, Delhi and of the so-called Jama Masjid Foundation Trust. His accusation against the Delhi Wakf Board of many acts of omission and commission in respect of other Wakf properties has no relevance to the case of the Jama Masjid.

Incidentally, Mr. Husain began his political career with nomination by the then BJP-Government of Delhi to the Wakf Board. He now sheds tears at the inefficiency and corruption in the Wakf Board and its failure to perform its statutory duty of having unlawful occupation of Wakf properties vacated and managing and protecting the Wakf properties in its hands to the best advantage of the Community. Mr. Husain should inform the Delhi Muslims of what he did, as a member of the Wakf Board and subsequently as a Minister in the NDA Government to improve the situation.

More importantly, Shri Husain grants a certificate to the Trust for having well-managed the Jama Masjid. This is a natural extension of his statement that the Muslim community has ‘full confidence in the Trust and the leadership of Mr. Ahmed Bukhari’. He is obviously repaying the debt he and his party owe to Mr. Ahmed Bukhari for his political support in the General Election, 2004! When Mr. Husain himself and his party do not enjoy the slightest confidence of the Muslim community, his certificate will not do Mr. Bukhari much good.

The question of the statutory duty and responsibility of the Delhi Wakf Board and its status in relation to the Jama Masjid is presently subjudice and shall be determined judicially in accordance with the provisions of the Wakf Act, 1995. 

The High Court may also, inter alia, decide the status of the Trust through which the Bukharis tried to highjack the Jama Masjid, collect gifts and donations in its name and keep the Wakf Board out. The AIMMM requests that the Delhi Wakf Board should question the legality of the Trust and call upon the Trustees to close their shop and render account of the collections made since 1995.

Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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