Mumbai: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM) today condemned the media trail of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Imtiaz Jaleel an AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad said in a statement that his party respects and follows the rule of land and no body could be pronounced guilty unless the court gives it's judgement by following the due process of law.
By harassing Dr. Zakir Naik, the media, specially some national television channels, have already pronounced their judgement even when a formal case is yet to be registered against him. Just because of rumour media can't pronounce any one as supporter of terrorism.
The AIMIM MLA said that the right to practice religion and the right to free expression are fundamental rights of every citizen of India as enshrined in the Constitution. “Ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre and in Maharashtra, the general trend is that the investigating agencies charge someone with wrongdoing and the media pronounces the accused as guilty even before the court delivers its judgment. This poses a grave threat to the social fabric and democratic set up of the country and could prove to be detrimental to communal harmony,” the MLA said.
Terming Naik as a “well-known specialist” who has been delivering lectures on comparative studies of different religions, Jaleel said, “he commands a following among Muslims but there are many others in the community who do not concur with his views.”
SP Maharashtra unit chief Abu Azmi had earlier come in support of Naik and sought to know why action was not taken for last 25 years if his speeches are inspiring terrorists, and called for a fair inquiry into the charges against him.
However, Shiv Sena had demanded his arrest and dismantling of his TV network.