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`Will abide by panel`s decision, won`t go court`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 21:59

New Delhi: Darul Uloom Deoband head Ghulam
Mohammad Vastanvi on Thursday said he will abide by the decision of
a three-member panel probing his pro-Narendra Modi remarks and
won`t challenge in court the outcome if it is against him.

Vastanvi, who hails from Surat and was elected vice
chancellor of the country`s largest Islamic seminary in
January, said he would step down if asked to do so by its
`majlis-e-shoora` or the governing council.

"I will accept the decision of the shoora. There is no
question of going against the decision. If the shoora wishes I
will continue in my post. If the decision comes against me, I
will abide that also," he said.

He stressed that he won`t go to court against any
decision of the council. "For me, maintaining and preserving
the reputation of the organisation is most important. I will
never do anything to defame Darul Uloom. This organisation is
very important for me as well as for the Muslim community."

A section of the Urdu media had reported that Vastanvi
would move court if the decision of the majlis-e-shoora went
against him.

Clarifying on his remarks about Modi, he said he had
never given a "clean chit" to the Gujarat chief minister for
his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Vastanvi had triggered a controversy soon after his
appointment as VC when he praised Modi`s rule and his
development policy. He had reportedly said that Muslims should
forget the riots of 2002 and move on and the community did not
face discrimination in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the three members of the committee looking
into issue have not been able to arrive at a consensus ahead
of their two-day meeting with the majlis-e-shoora beginning
July 23.

Admitting that there was lack of consensus in the
committee, Mufti Mazoor Ahmad said it is possible that three
reports may be presented before the council in the meeting.

"It is true that we have not been able to arrive at a
consensus. Now, all three of us may present our individual
reports to the council," he said.

However, another member of the committee, Mufti
Mohammad Ismail denied reports of a discord among the members
of the committee. He has also rubbished reports by the Urdu
media that he had pressurised the other two members of the
panel to sign his version of the report.

"I never pressurised the other two members to sign my
report. My report is ready. I have not seen the reports of
other two members," he said.

It has also emerged that Maulana Mohammad Ibrahim
would not attend the July 23-24 meeting of the council because
of some personal issues.

The governing council of the seminary had constituted
the three-member committee, comprising Ahmad from Kanpur,
Ismail from Malegaon and Ibrahim from Chennai, to look into
the allegations against Vastanvi and all other issues
concerning both inside and and outside the seminary.


First Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 21:59
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