Prominent personalities, including retired judges, top bureaucrats, police officers and veteran army officers from Delhi and other parts of the country have sent a petition to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi today, seeking stringent action against the misconduct of Delhi Minority Commission Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan.
Zafarul Islam Khan on Tuesday warned Hindus of the country that they would face an avalanche when Indian Muslims join with the Arab-Islamic world. He shared a highly venomous statement aimed at triggering communal frenzy, thanking Kuwait for “standing with the Indian Muslims”. He referred Hindus in his post as “Hindutva bigots”, and expressed his euphoria over the Hinduphobia in West Asia, that was created by fake social media campaigns. He hailed the anti-Hindu Islamic extremist and terrorist sympathiser Zakir Naik in his post, claiming that he is a household name in the Arab and Muslim world.
“We the ‘Concerned Citizens of India’ are extremely anguished and deeply hurt by the manner in which Mr Zafarul-Islam Khan has blatantly flouted the norms of propriety of conduct of a public servant occupying the exalted position in the Delhi Govt that he holds. He has brought disrepute to our beloved country and has shown total disregard by writing such a post on the Facebook. Inflicting disgrace to the high office that this gentleman holds, he has taken pleasure in showing our country in bad light in the global sphere,” the signatories alleged in the petition.
“In a wholly ill-conceived communal rant, he has thanked the Government of Kuwait for standing with the Indian Muslims, portraying a divided India. He had called the Hindus of the country as bigots, and alleged that they are involved in persecution of the Muslims. He has crossed all limits of propriety used even more derogatory words for the people of India in the post and praised people like Zakir Naik, and others, the dubious Anti-India voices. This is an attempt by Mr Zafarul Islam Khan to create disharmony amongst the people of India and bring disrepute to the Country’s image,” says the petition.
The petition stated that such an anti-national act by a very high public authority of India is unpardonable and must be viewed very seriously at the highest levels.
They urged the Lt Governor to to take immediate cognizance of the matter on priority and take exemplary action against Mr Zafarul Islam Khan as Mr Khan has lost the legitimate and moral right to hold such a high public office.
Among the 106 signatories are Justice S M Soni, Former Judge Gujarat High Court and Lokayukt State of Gujarat, Justice Permod Kohli, Former Chief Justice Sikkim High Court and Chairman CAT, Justice M.M.Kumar, Former Chief Justice J&K Court and Chairman, Sri Anand Bose, IAS Former Chief Secretary Kerala, Sri Saurabh Kaushal, IAS Former Chief Secretary, Punjab, Sri R.S.Gupta,IPS Former COP, Delhi, Sri Vidya Sagar, IFS Former Ambassador etc.
On Thursday, the Special Cell of the Delhi Police reportedly booked Zafarul Islam, Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission, for sedition (IPC Section 124A) and promoting religious animosity (IPC Section 153A). An FIR was registered against Zafarul, based on a complaint by a Vasant Kunj resident who accused him of creating disharmony and rift in society through his contentious comments. “I have not seen the FIR. I will comment only when I see it or know about it,” Zafarul Islam was quoted as saying.