Government to probe into functioning religious courts

Activities of Muslim radical outfit PFI which chopped off the hand of a college lecturer continued to figure in the Assembly Tuesday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Activities of Muslim
radical outfit Popular Front of India (PFI) which chopped off
the hand of a college lecturer continued to figure in the
Assembly Tuesday with Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
announcing that a probe would be held into the functioning of
religious committees run by PFI in the state.

Government would take appropriate legal action if they found
to be violating the rule of the land, Balakrishnan said while
replying to a submission of Aryadan Muhammed (Cong) seeking a
ban on the operation of Taliban model parallel courts in the

It has come to the notice of government that Certain
Committees headed by religious heads under the name `Dar-ul
Khada` were functioning to resolve civil disputes of Muslim
community, he said.

However, government has not received any complaint that
these committees pass any Taliban model orders, he said.

As per the information, Popular Front of India (PFI), whose
activists attacked the lecturer T J Joseph for preparing a
question paper with alleged derogatory reference to Prophet
Mohammed, has 20 feeder organisations, he said.

They claim that a committee to resolve personal disputes of
the community was functioning and it has the recognition of
Muslim Personal Law Board. The committee was headed by an Imam
Council, PFI claimed, Balakrishnan pointed out.

Advocating strong action against PFI in the state, Muhammed
said government should take serious note of media reports
about the functioning of Taliban model courts in the state.

Muhammed said PFI, National Development Front and PDP of
Abdul Naser Madhani belonged to same category of outfits and
should be opposed.

State Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan in the Assembly
yesterday stood by his remark that PFI was aiming at
`Islamisation of Kerala`.