UP govt varieties SIT to probe ‘spiritual conversion’ grievance in opposition to senior IAS officer

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In one of many purported movies, the UPSRTC chairman is seen sitting with a bunch of males, apparently clerics, and is heard saying that it’s their responsibility to unfold Islam to each residence. (Representational Picture)

The Uttar Pradesh authorities on Tuesday arrange a particular investigation staff (SIT) to look into allegations that senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin was seen in viral movies attending an occasion associated to spiritual conversion. Iftikharuddin is at present the Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh State Street Transport Company.

In one of many purported movies, the UPSRTC chairman is seen sitting with a bunch of males, apparently clerics, and is heard saying that it’s their responsibility to unfold Islam to each residence.

In a associated video, the 1985-batch IAS officer is seen sitting at a gathering the place one other man is speaking allegedly in a provocative method concerning the deserves of changing to Islam. The movies had been stated to be taken on the camp office-cum-official residence of the official when he was the Kanpur divisional commissioner in between 2014 to 2017. Iftikharuddin, who’s at present posted in state capital Lucknow, when confronted by a TV channel scribe first denied being current on the gathering however later admitted that he was current there.

“What did I say fallacious? I’ve been misinterpreted,” he instructed the reporter in Hindi. Taking a critical word of the matter, the federal government has ordered a probe by the SIT, an official stated.

The staff shall be headed by DG CB-CID G L Meena and ADG Bhanu Bhaskar shall be its member. It should ship its report back to the federal government in seven days, the official stated. Nationwide Vice President of ‘Math Mandir Samanvai Samiti’ Bhupesh Awasthi has made a written grievance with the state authorities in opposition to the IAS officer and submitted copies of the movies. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was on a go to to the district and neighbouring Unnao on Monday, stated the inquiry was instituted into the matter when his consideration was drawn to the movies.

In the meantime, Kanpur police Commissioner Asim Arun instructed PTI that the investigation to confirm the authenticity of the movies has been handed to ADCP East, Somedra Meena. “It’s being investigated whether or not the video is genuine,” he stated.

A number of months again, UP enacted a regulation to curb conversion by means of drive or deceit. In latest days, the state police have made a number of arrests, together with in Delhi, in reference to an alleged conversion racket. The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had on Sunday arrested three males in reference to alleged spiritual conversions.

The ATS had stated whereas two had been residents of Muzaffarnagar in UP, the third one hailed from Nashik in Maharashtra. Concerning the controversial movies being shared on social media platforms, Minister of Legislation and Justice Brajesh Pathak stated the federal government has taken cognizance of the movies and given directions for investigation.

The place the place the IAS officer is sitting and preaching appears to be a authorities property which isn’t in any respect applicable legally or constitutionally, Pathak stated. The state authorities is especially strict on the matter of non secular conversion, Pathak stated, including: “We have now even made a strict regulation concerning that. We’ll take strict motion in opposition to anybody who tries to transform folks utilizing drive or any type of lure”.

Bithoor BJP MLA Abhijeet Singh Sanga termed the incident as a matter of great concern and went on to name the IAS officer a “literate Aurangzeb”. “I’d ask Kanpur divisional commissioner Raj Shekhar to purify the commissioner camp workplace compound with “gangajal” obtained from Bithoor,” Sanga instructed PTI.

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