New Delhi: Top Indian Muslim community leaders and heads of leading socio-religious organizations have denounced the Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal’s enquriy order against the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, calling the move uncalled for and demanding its revocation immediately.
Putting their weight behind AMU VC Prof P K Abdul Azis the Muslim leaders have said the allegations made against the VC are from some vested interest groups who felt their interests were not safe under his leadership.
“It is shocking that the Hon’ble HRD Minister has seen it fit to order an inquiry against Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis, the Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University in respect of certain allegations levelled by some vested interest groups who have their self interest and self aggrandisement agenda. They have been using the university as their private fiefdom deriving great financial benefit from the building construction and uniform contracts etc. If any VC comes in their way, they oppose him as they earlier opposed the former VC Mr M N Farooqui and forced Mr Nasim Ahmad, the then VC, to flee from the university. They are against the present VC because he gave the building contracts to the CPWD and uniform contracts to the Khadi Gramudyog. They also terrorised the VC by instigating a group of unruly students accompanied by outside bad elements who burnt the VC residence to ashes,” the community leaders said in a joint statement.
While making it clear that they are not against an enquiry if in the interest of the university they said this enquiry at the behest of some vested interest groups will prove detrimental to the AMU which has been put on the right track.
“Nobody interested in the affairs and the welfare of the AMU, including the Vice Chancellor, should be scared of an inquiry as nothing cognizable is to be found against the Vice Chancellor, but an inquiry at this crucial juncture at the behest of some vested interests who are out to pressurize and blackmail the Vice Chancellor for their ulterior motives, will prove detrimental to the AMU which has been put on the right track and a very congenial academic atmosphere is prevailing on the campus. The examinations are being conducted on time, sessions are going on as per schedule, for the first time in the history of the university, 75 per cent attendance of the students has been ensured and the students are busy in their studies with a complete sense of security etc. Such an inquiry, if carried forward, may embolden this vested interest group and demoralise this and future VCs, apart from disturbing the peaceful atmosphere at the campus.”
They said the enquiry into the allegations of financial irregularites against the VC is uncalled for as the UP audit body has cleared him of any such chargeas.
“The allegations of financial irregularities against the VC lose their significance altogether in view of the report of the Principal Accountant General (Civil Audit, UP) on behalf of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India which had categorically reported that there were no financial irregularities committed by the AMU,” they said.
The leaders have demanded the ministry to revoke the enquiry order as it will hamper the university’s expansion plan. If not revoked, they have decided to meet PM and UPA Chairperson.
“If the present unproductive and uncalled for inquiry, which will do a great harm to the AMU particularly at a time when its branch is being opened in Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Malappuram (Kerala) is not stopped, the community leaders have decided to meet the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and apprise them about the futility of the said inquiry.”
Signatories to the statement are: Dr M Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies and Secretary General, All India Milli Council, Kamal Farooqi, Chairman, Delhi State Minorities Commission, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, President, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat & Editor, Milli Gazette, Mahmood Madni, Secretary, Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind and Nusrat Ali, Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Dr Ozair Khan, Secretary General, Markazi Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind and Maulana Arshad Madni, President of a faction of Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind.