Press Statements

Mushawarat deplores abrupt removal of Maulana Azad foundation's Secretary

Writes to Sonia Gandhi and Election Commission

New Delhi, 12 May 2014: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, has deplored the abrupt removal of Mr M. W. Ansari IPS, from the post of the Secretary of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation. The abrupt and hasty action has been taken by the Minister of Minroty Affairs without any proepr enquiry, and in clear violation of the model code of the election and despite the fact that the minister had only a few days left in office.

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President of AIMMM, said that the abrupt and untimely removal of an efficient and honest officer sends a very wrong message to the country and community. Dr Khan has written in this respect to the Chief Election Commissioner and Mrs Sonia Gandhi, chairperson of UPA, asking for a quick reversal of this hasty and wrong decision and reinstatement of the honest officer who had brought life back to the Maulana Azad Educational Foundation.

Following is the text of the letter sent by AIMMM to Mrs Sonia Gandhi:

11 May, 2014

Smt. Sonia Gandhi
Hon’ble Chairperson, UPA
New Delhi-110001
Dear Madam,
I wish to bring to your kind notice that despite the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct which prohibits Union and state governments to make any appointment or promotion during the period of elctions, the Union Minority Minister has found it appropriate to summarily sack an upright IPS officer who was serving as Secretary of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation which is a major central government organisation working for the educational and social upfilt of the Muslim minority.
The officer in question, Mr MW Ansari, who holds the post of the Director General of Police of Chattisgarh but was still serving this institution on deputation in order to serve the community. Observers say that after many years, this organisation had such a no-nonsense, efficient Secretary who got a lot done within a short period of time while earlier the organization was known for sheer ineffectiveness, laziness  and corruption.
According to our information, the Minister was nursing a grudge against Mr Ansari for asking for accounts of certain amounts of the organization spent by the Minister, so he used an unproven case of renovation of the Foundation’s new premises at allegedly inflated cost to sack Mr Ansari unceremoniously though, if needed, the allegation could have been properly investigated allowing Mr Ansari to place on record his side of the story.
I approach you to take appropriate steps to set aside this illegal step taken by the Union Minister of Minority Affairs while he had only a few days left in office and this alone makes the whole matter much more murky. I am sure if uncorrected, this will go as a blot against your government. I am enclosing herewith some press reports about this sordid episode.
Yours sincerely,
Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan
Issued at New Delhi on 12 May 2014 by
[Umbrella body of the Indian Muslim organisations]
D-250, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025  India
Tel.: 011-26946780  Fax: 011-26947346

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