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Jamiat Ulama's Legal cell in Pune

New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-e Hind’s general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madni said while speaking to media persons in Delhi on 4 April that in spite of continued harassment and arrest of innocent Muslims and Central government’s insensitivity and inaction in putting a stop to their unjust arrests and harassment, JUH has directed its legal cells in different states to be more active and vigilant against the biased and inimical attitude of police and security forces towards Muslims. At the same time people of these legal cells have also been told that if innocent persons are being harassed, Jamiat people should do every thing possible to help such people.

He added that another legal cell headed by senior advocate A. Rahman has been set up in Pune which will supervise the cases of innocent persons (Muslims) falsely implicated and framed in terrorism and other cases. He said that JuH has been fighting right from the beginning against terrorism as well as the cases of innocent Muslims who have been falsely arrested in terrorism. He said in recent months his organisation (JUH) has very strongly raised cases of terrorism, implication of innocent Muslims in these cases and injustices being meted out to them through more than 500 meetings and conferences held in Delhi, Kanpur and other cities of the country and battles at legal level are also going on and more emphasis is now being laid on making these legal cells more active and vigilant.

Enumerating some cases, he said that after the bomb blast at Pune’s Jangi Maharaj Road, 8 innocent Muslims were arrested but our lawyer later found that they were kidnapped by Special Cell of Delhi Police. Jamiat is fighting their case regularly, he said. Similarly, Jamiat is fighting the bomb blast case of 2008 in Muhammadia Masjid in Prabhni which is pending for hearing in Parbhani session court, Paan Gaon’s communal riots case in which 49 innocent Muslims were arrested, demonstration at Azad Maidan (Mumbai) in which Juniad Sheikh was involved and the recent Dhule communal riot in which a case was filed on behalf of three persons who were killed. In addition to these, murder charges against police officers and lady Dy SP who had ordered police firing in Dhule riot were also filed by Jamiatul Ulama which has now been taken up for hearing by the court. He said that now legal cells have been set up to fight these cases in a more systematic and organised manner. He said that Jamiatul Ulama, Maharashtra’s President Maulana Nadeem Siddiqi is actively working on these cases. He said that right after Gujarat’s riots JuH’s legal cell is working at many places and that they have succeeded in many cases. He said that Godhra train fire case is in High Court and JUH is fighting this case also. He said that at first this case was in special court where, with efforts of Jamiat 63 persons were freed.

He said that after BODO’s genocide case in Assam, JUH had set up a legal cell there also through which more than 20 thousand FIRs were registered and CBI had arrested 23 innocent persons against which they (JUH) were fighting the case in High Court. He further said that at the central level also under Supreme Court lawyers Shakeel Ahmad and Neyaz Ahmad Farooqi’s supervision cases are being fought by their legal cell when Maharashtra government had sacked a police constable for sporting a beard. Similarly, he said, an appeal has been filed in Supreme Court against question papers not being supplied in Urdu for the net examinations to be held in the middle of next month (May). He said that in future also Jamiatul Ulama will continue its efforts as before in cases where injustice is meted out to Muslims or their cause.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 10

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