The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has rejected the new Waqf Act and the Right to Education Act in their present form and said that if necessary changes were not made to these Acts in accordance with the recommendations of the Board, the Central Government will have to face the protests throughout the country by the Muslim minority.
Moulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi, president of the AIMPLB expressed concern over the increasing instances of legislation and the judicial verdicts which were against the Shariah of the Muslim community.
During the two day meeting of the executive committee of the Board, which concluded in Hyderabad with a massive public meeting on Sunday night, the Board rejected both the Act as violation of the constitutional rights and guarantees given to the minorities.
Briefing the media after the executive meet, Board Secretary Moulana Abdul Raheem Qureshi and member Asauddin Owaisi, MP said that the Waqf Act was passed in the Lok Sabha in a stealth manner as it was brought before the House on a Friday afternoon when normally no bill is taken up and when no Muslim MP was present in the House. Moulna Qureshi said that the act had wrong definition of Waqf, Mutawallis and Waqf Survey and has attempted to open the benefits of the Waqf property for the non-Muslims when the Waqf was only for the Muslims.
He said that the Bill was stopped in Rajya Sabha and sent to the select committee which is headed by Saifuddin Soz. He hoped that changes will be made to the Bill in accordance with the recommendations of the Board. He rejected the stand of the Minister for minority affairs Salman Khursheed that the act can be amended after it was passed by Rajya Sabha.
The Board executive also discussed the Right to Education Act and found it against the constitutional rights of the minorities to establish and run their own educational institutions. Moulana Qureshi pointed out that if the act comes in to effect there will be no place for religious educational institutions including Madarsas, Hindu Pathashalas and Christian seminaries as it will be compulsory for all the institutions to have Government syllabus from 1st to 8th standard. Moreover he said under the act, parents and guardians of the students will get 75 per cent representation in the management committees of the educational institutions and the minority institutions will not remain under their management.
The Board also deliberated on the Babri Masjid title case as well as the Babri Masjid demolition case. Criticising the acquittal of the BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and others in demolition case, the Board asked its legal cell to explore whether the Board should implead in the petition filed by the CBI in Supreme Court against the acquittal of these leaders. Board demanded that the demolition case should be expedited and the guilty should be punished.
On the Babari Masjid title case, the Board decided that it will file nine petitions in the Supreme Court. Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen has contributed a fund of `55 lakh to the Board to meet the expenses of the legal fight for Babri Masjid which were estimated to be `10 to `12 crore. Agencies