The Madras High court on Tuesday ordered issue of notice to the functionaries of a Jamath on a petition by a man seeking a direction to forebear the Rajasingamangalam Muslim Jamath from excommunicating him from the local Jamath and permit him to enter the mosque at R S Mangalam and perform worship during this Holy month of Ramzan.
Hearing the Petition filed by S Anwar, Justice S Vimala ordered notice to the Jamath functionaries including S A Basheer Ahamed (President) and M Seeni Mohammed (Secretary) seeking their explanation within two weeks.
Anwar submitted that that Basheer and Seeni and 20 others “arbitrarily” selected the new office bearers of the Jamath against which gave a complaint.
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He had also complained about misappropriation of funds of the Jamath by the committee office bearers and encroachement of the properties by third parties.
Anwar filed a petition before the High Court seeking to remove the encroachments and the court directed Ramanathapuram District Collector to take action within six weeks.
The President and secretary also conducted “Katta panchayat” (Kangroo court) and arbitrarily imposed fine on him against his actions following which he gave a police complaint, he submitted.
He also filed a writ petition against the actions of the Jamath functionaries.
The High court ordered Collector and Police to take appropriate action on the representation from him following which a case was registered against the functionaries under various IPC Sections.
He submitted that on June 10, the functionaries had passed a resolution excommunicating him from the Jamath and it was recorded in the minute book.
They were also preventing him from entering the mosque even to offer prayer.
He submitted that though he had sent a complaint to the Collector and police officials, no action was taken so far following which he approached the High Court.
Living in R S Mangalam and offering prayer at the Mosque was his fundamental right. By excommunicating, the fundamental right guaranteed under constitution had been violated, he contented.