AIMPLB condemns manhandling of scribe by Shahi Imam

Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Saturday condemned the manhandling of a scribe by Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, and his supporters during a press conference here earlier this week.

"Though we are not in the know of the incident but beating up of a journalist or anyone is a condemnable act," M A Rahim Quraishi, assistant general of AIMPLB, told reporters.

He was briefing mediapersons on the executive committee's decision to approach the apex court against the Allahabad High Court's judgement in the Ayodhya title suits.

"As Bukhari is not a member of the Board, we are not responsible for his actions," Quraishi said.

The Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid had threatened a local journalist during a press conference on October 14 when he was offended by a question the scribe had asked. The Imam's supporters also beat him up in full public glare.

Senior advocate and convener of the legal cell of the AIMPLB, Y H Muchala, said while answering a question that for Muslims Ram can be respected but cannot be worshipped.