A DAY after the members of the Shia Muslim community panchayat in Junnar were booked under the social boycott act, an offence of cheating has been registered against complainant Hamidul Hasan Mohammed Sayyad (35) for alleged misappropriation of Rs 46 lakh in the Shia Madrasa Trust.
Sayyad, a Shia Muslim residing in Sayyadwada in Junnar taluka of Pune district, had recently filed a complaint against the members of the community panchayat for “socially boycotting” him on May 10, 2016.
He said he was “falsely” accused of not submitting the account details of the Trust, where he worked as a helper.
Based on Sayyad’s complaint, an FIR was registered against 34 persons, including members of the community panchayat of Shia Muslims in Junnar, under sections 3 (1) (2) (4) of the Maharashtra Protection of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act and Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), on Monday.
“I was active in social work and raised voice against child marriage in my community in September 2012… Some members of the community did not like my work and have conspired against me,” Sayyad had said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, police said the members of the Shia community filed a complaint of cheating against Sayyad, following which he was booked under sections 406, 408, 420, 465, 470, 471 of the IPC.
Sayyad Noorabbas Hussain, who is among the 34 persons accused in the social boycott case, had lodged the FIR. Investigating officer Sub-Inspector P D Gaikwad said, “It is alleged that while working with the Shia Madarsa Trust since 2013, he had (Hamidul) caused misappropriations to the tune of Rs 46 lakh. Investigation is on.”
Talking to The Indian Express, Sayyad said, “There was no complaint registered against me in the past. Now that I have filed a complaint against the members of the community panchayat, they have filed a cross complaint of cheating against me. But I am not worried. I have done nothing wrong. I will be supporting the police in investigation of this case. I had even stated in my FIR that if the trust feels I have committed financial malpractices, it can take legal action against me… Cops took many days to register my complaint of social boycott, even after producing strong evidence. But now, without any evidence, police have registered a cheating case against me.”
Nandini Jadhav, district president of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), said, “We are fighting against the practice of social boycott. If Sayyad has done any financial misappropriations, let the police investigate it and take action against him. But police should also conduct proper investigation in the social boycott case and ensure that justice is done.”
Police said no arrests have yet been made in either of the cases.