I respect Islam and Islamic obligation by heart: Justice Katju

By Manzar Bilal, TwoCircles.net,

Patna: In a scenario where Muslim leaders are expressing their anger on objectionable remark on beard and burqa by Justice Markandeya Katju, the member of Law Commission of India, Professor Tahir Mahmood and his son Saif Mahmood, advocate of the Supreme Court, met Mr. Katju and informed him about restlessness among Muslim community created by his comment and asked him to explain the matter properly before the people.

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Professor Tahir said that though the controversial words are not in written judgment but to end the restiveness of the community an explanation was necessary from Mr. Katju.

In the 2-hour meeting, Justice Katju produced copies of many of his judgment as proofs before Tahir Mahmood, he said that as a judge he always defended rights of minority communities especially Muslims. He expressed his regret that his words were misunderstood.

Mr. Katju assured Mr. Tahir Mahmood that he respects by heart Islam and Islamic obligations and will protect constitutional rights of Muslims in future too.

Mr. Tahir Mahmood requested Mr. Katju to release a statement about this matter and also appealed to Muslims to end this controversy.