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Salman Nadwi, Muslim Cleric Who Suggested Shifting of Babri Site, Expelled from AIMPLB

A spokesperson for All India Muslim Personal Law Board confirmed that Nadwi has been expelled after recommendations of the disciplinary committee formed to look into the matter.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:February 11, 2018, 10:02 PM IST
Salman Nadwi, Muslim Cleric Who Suggested Shifting of Babri Site, Expelled from AIMPLB
File photo of Salman Nadwi. (Facebook)
Hyderabad: All India Muslim Personal Law Board has unanimously decided to expel Salman Nadwi after he refused to set aside his "out of court settlement" suggestion to solve the Ram janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board made their decision public on their official twitter handle. A disciplinary committee was formed by the board to look into the matter. With the rift out in the open, the board had earlier hinted that Nadvi would be removed from the board.

Syed Qasim Rasool Ilyas, AIMPLB member told News18, "The board reiterated its uncompromising stand on Babri Masjid issue. Once a masjid is built, it is always a masjid for the eternity. Nadwi is still speaking against the board stand. So the board was left with no other option but to dissuade from him. The committee has unanimously decided to remove him."

On Saturday and Sunday, in the general body meeting, the issue was again discussed where over 500 people participated and unanimous decision was made to remove Nadvi from the Board.

The process began on Friday when the working committee members informed the board in the meeting on Friday that Nadvi is publicly making statements over out of court settlement of Babri Masjid. Many members felt that action must be taken against him, since he is speaking against the Board outside and he was not authorised on behalf of the board.

In his presence, the resolutions of the board were read. After that Nadwi was asked to put forward his proposal and his point of view. According to the board, he was heard for more than half an hour. There were objections and interruptions during his speech by other members.

Speaking to the media, Zafaryab Jilani said, “The board tried to make him understand the stand of the board and he was requested not to speak against board on public platform. He said that he will not change his views. Unfortunately, he continued to give interviews and made inappropriate remarks against the board.”

Nadwi told CNN-News18 the the decision of Board is “dictatorial”.

“The Board is acting in dictatorial way. I was only putting my view forward. What is wrong if I wish a decision which supports unity and harmony of country? After board’s view on Friday, I myself said I don’t want to be part of such board,” Nadvi said.

“I will continue my effort, and I will go to Ayodhya”, he added.

Miffed after Friday’s meeting, Nadwi too boycotted the plenary sessions, disassociating himself from the board.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar expressed surprise at the move on Twitter. Nadwi's expulsion came as a surprise as several members of the board have met me, he said.

Nadvi had come out in public with his stand on the issue after a meeting with the Art of Living founder which drew the ire of the AIMPLB. He had suggested shifting the site of the mosque to settle the dispute.

CNN-News18 reported on Saturday that action is likely to be initiated against the senior executive board member.

Speaking to News18, Nadvi expressed his anger and reiterated his stand on out of court settlement. "Board says we will wait for the Court verdict. But in my opinion, today's scenario demands other solution as well. We must not fight and resolve the issue with hatred. We should work towards unity & harmony and a solution with consensus. I was expressing my views in the meeting, but it looked many members had come pre-planned to target me and create an issue," he said.

AlMPLB on Friday had claimed that there was no divide and the board unanimously agreed to its stand on the Babri Masjid dispute.
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| Edited by: Puja Menon
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