New Delhi, Apr 8 (IANS): Joining the chorus for action against the Tablighi Jamaat for organising a congregation at Nizammudin despite prohibitory orders, the Congress said, on Wednesday, it had maintained the stand that action should be taken against the law violators.
"The Congress has been saying from the day one that those who violated the prohibitory orders, be it Tablighi Jamaat, some other organisation or any individual, be taken to task.
"If anybody has violated the tourist visa rules, there should be action against him as per the law of the country. The whole nation stands together over that," said chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
He, however, demanded to know who allowed the congregation as "the Delhi's law and order comes under the purview of the Union Home Ministry." The Maharashtra government, he said, had denied permission for such a congregation.
The Congress also raised the question that who sent National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Nizamuddin and how Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi, head of Tablighi Jamaat, was absconding.
The Jamaat has also invited criticism form Muslim intellectuals. They say the community expected the Jamaat followers to have "scientific approach".
"The community is suffering because of lack of vision of Maulana Saad in dealing with the issue, which could have been dealt in a better manner," said Navaid Hamid, President of the Majlis Mushawarat.
Had Maulana Saad showed some vision, "the community would not have been maligned the way it's being done by the adversaries," Hamid said.
As the chorus for action against the Jamaat grows, India's largest independent news agency, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), on Wednesday sent a legal notice to a member of the Tablighi Jamaat after he attempted to harass and criminally intimidate the agency's media subscribers for running an IANS exclusive report on the Islamic missionary's dubious background in their digital editions.
IANS has decided to stand by its legacy of fearless journalism and not take this criminal intimidation by the dubious Jamaat member lying down. The overwhelming support pouring in from different quarters only strengthens its stand.