Press Statements

Muslim leaders take serious note of Threat to Advocate defending terror-implicated youths

The Muslim community will hold the Union and Maharashtra state home ministers and the Mumbai Police Commissioner personally responsible if anything untoward happened to the brave advocate who is fighting to uphold the rule of law.

New Delhi, 21 March, 2014: Leaders of major Indian Muslim organisations held a press conference here at the central office the All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations. Leaders condemned the repeated threats to life received during the last few days by Mr Mahmood Paracha, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, who is fighting around 70 terror cases across the country.

The threats, purportedly made by members of the mafia gang led by Ravi Pujari, using mobile phone calls and sms’s, have threatened to kill the senior advocate who has repeatedly exposed how police and ATS officers fabricate cases and implicate innocent Muslim youth while allowing the real terrorists to go scot free and continue their criminal activities. The threats started when Adv. Paracha said in a press statement recently that police officers who fabricated cases against youth, who have now been acquitted after years of incarceration, should be tried and sent to jails. These threats became public when, on 5 March, beyondheadlines.in and twocircles.net published a story along with 17 mobile numbers used to send the threats.

Till date, Police or Union and state home ministries have failed to take notice of this grave development let alone provide security to the brave advocate who has taken on forces which have destroyed lives of thousands of innocent Muslim youth in the name of fighting terror. Hundreds ot these youth have now been honorably acquitted by courts after spending long years behind bars but no action has been taken against any police or IB officer who fabricated cases and destroyed their lives.

We hold these threats very seriously because criminals at the behest of rogue security agencies have already killed three advocates defending terror-implicated youths, viz. Adv. Shahid Azmi, Adv. Akbar Patel and Adv. Naushad Qasimji, and have assaulted over a dozen advocates defending such cases across India.

The Muslim community will hold the Union and Maharashtra state home ministers and the Mumbai Police Commissioner personally responsible if anything untoward happened to the brave advocate who is fighting to uphold the rule of law and defend the spirit of the Constitution of India while the criminal police officers want to negate the rule of law and subvert the Constitution of India.

Engr M Saleem Speaking at the Press conference
Maulana Saleem Engineer Speaking at the Press conference
 
Participants in the press conference
Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat
Maulana Saleem Engineer, Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind
Mr Mujtaba Farooq, President, Welfare Party of India
Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Chairman, Shah Waliullah Institute
Dr Tasleem Rahmani, President, Muslim Political Council of India
Akhlaq Ahmad, Secretary, Association for Protection of Civil Rights
This statement is endorsed by Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi, General Secretary, Jamiat Ahl-e Hadees And Maulana Mahmood Madni, General Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (who is currently in Mumbai)
 
Twocircles.net reports may be accessed here:
http://twocircles.net/2014mar19/substantive_evidence_against_police_aiding_and_abetting_real_terrorists_advocate_pracha;
http://twocircles.net/2014mar18/rakesh_maria_should_be_arrested_conducting_activities_which_are_terror_related_advocate http://twocircles.net/2014mar05/senior_counsel_mahmood_pracha_receives_threat_calls_sms.html  [this has the mobile phones numbers used to make calls to Adv. Paracha]
 
For more photographs of this press conference, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mushawarat/sets/72157642687516664/
 
Issue at New Delhi on 21 March 2014 by
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ALL INDIA MUSLIM MAJLIS-E-MUSHAWARAT
[Umbrella body of the Indian Muslim organisations]
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025  India
Tel.: 011-26946780  Fax: 011-26947346

Email: mushawarat@mushawarat.com   Web: www.mushawarat.com  Photos: flickr/images

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