A case has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh minister and BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi for reportedly defending the terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Meanwhile, Muslim scholars slammed him for resorting to “cheap publicity gimmick”.
“A case under IPC section 505(1)(c) (with intent to incite, or likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) was registered against Qureshi Thursday night in the Kotwali police station (in Meerut). We will seek permission of the court before probing the matter,” IG (Law and Order) A Satish Ganesh said.
Ganesh said as per provisions, court’s permission is needed to probe such cases and added that the police would follow the process. The case was lodged on the complaint of Inspector Lal Singh.
Qureshi had Thursday courted controversy when he reportedly sought to defend the terror attack on the magazine, saying whoever shows disrespect to the Prophet will invite death. “Prophet Mohammad had conveyed a message of peace to the entire world and if anyone makes certain cartoons on him will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists in Paris,” Qureshi reportedly said.
Qureshi, however, denied reports in which he was stated to have said he will reward the attackers who killed Charlie Hebdo’s editor and cartoonist of the controversial Prophet poster with Rs 51 crore.
“Instead of condemning the attack on the French magazine and loss of lives, he went ahead and announced a reward for the killers… this is most condemnable,” All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin said in Lucknow. “This remark of Qureshi is aimed at garnering cheap publicity and the gimmick needs to condemned by all.”
All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesman Maulana Yasoob Abbas said Qureshi’s statement was “childish” and sought action against him.