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Bukhari row: Court accepts plea, to hear matter on Nov 26

PTI 05 Nov 2014, 19:51:46 PM IST

Deoria:  An application has been moved in a court here against Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari for not inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his son's anointment as the next chief cleric.  The Shahi Imam has extended invitation to Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif.

The petitioner, Vikas Mani, who runs an NGO, moved the application in the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) under CrPC section 156(3) stating that the act of Shahi Imam amounts to “treachery” and this has humiliated the 125 crore Indians, according to the CJM's office.  

The application has been accepted and November 26 has been fixed for hearing in this matter.

The Shahi Imam had triggered a controversy by inviting Nawaz Sharif as well as political leaders in India but not Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the anointment ceremony of his son.

“I have invited several Indian and foreign political leaders for attending the anointment ceremony of my son.  Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also been invited, but I have not sent invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Muslims have not forgiven him for the Gujarat riots,” Bukhari had said, drawing flak from several quarters including a section of Muslims.