Barkati injured in protest, says RSS hand in ruckus


Maulana Noorur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of the city's Tipu Sultan Mosque, who has repeatedly courted controversy for his comments, was on Wednesday served a "notice of termination of service" by trustee of the estate which runs the mosque. Barakati who took pride in being called close to Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister had also issued a series of fatwas. "He will be removed by the trustee board not only for his threats of "jihad against India" and refusal to remove the red beacon from his vehicle, but also for insubordination and subversive activities", Ali told Mirror. "We had to take a decision to terminate him today as he did not rectify himself", Ahmed said.

On May 12, Barkati had said he would take off the red beacon from his vehicle if the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues were ready to live without security guards.

Speaking at a hurriedly convened press conference just after the trustee board presser, the former Imam blamed the entire episode of his termination on Trinamool Congress MPs Sultan Ahmed and Nadimul Haque and library minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury and said that he would meet Mamata Banerjee after she returns from Delhi.

He also drew flak for commenting that Muslims would "fight for Pakistan if India became a Hindu state".

Imam is the second generation of his family that was created for administrating the Namaaz for the Royal Family.

The protesters from the community demanded him to immediately vacate the Imam office after the board's orders.

"There is no question of accepting my removal order as I'm not an employee of the mosque and I don't take salary from the trust", Barkati said. The Imam Barkati crossed all limits and used an abusive word against Shukla on CNN News 18, which was condemned by all the panellists, and the reactions were mirorred by the reactions of Twitterati thereafter too.

"There is no reason to think that he is above the law", he added. He is an Imam for all namazis of different political beliefs.

"I hope this decision will bring to an end the mixing of religion and politics", said Salim. "I have been the imam for 30 years. I have her backing", he said.