SHRIHARI Aney said he had told the government it was not in accordance with the law to put the onus of proving innocence on the person being prosecuted under the provisions of the beef ban.
“I was given no brief by the government on the issues of entry to women in Haji Ali dargah and beef ban. But I said in the latter case, while it is legal to prosecute the person, it is not to put the onus on him to prove he is not guilty. You can’t ask him to prove where he got the beef from, whether it was cow meat or buffalo meat. The prosecution has to prove the guilt.”
“On Haji Ali, I said, management of religious places and right to practise religion are two different things. Women must have entry into the dargah as a right to practise religion unless tenets of Islam specifically provides against it,” Aney said.