The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea seeking constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe alleged conversions and crimes against women in Haryana’s Nuh district. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramanna on Monday refused to entertain the plea. This decision of the Supreme Court has come at a time when the issue of alleged conversion of Hindus in Haryana, UP and some other states is gaining political momentum.
Actually, there are reports in the media that there has been a large-scale conversion of Hindus allegedly in Nuh district of Haryana. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court regarding this, in which there was a demand for a SIT inquiry into the conversion. On the petition, the Chief Justice said, ‘We cannot entertain the petition on the basis of newspaper and media reports.’
This petition was filed in the court on behalf of Ranjana Agnihotri. In which it was alleged that due to the Tablighi Jamaat, both the dominance and the number of Muslims in Nuh is increasing. And there is a sharp decline in the number of Hindus. He had claimed that the number of Hindus has come down from 20 per cent to 10 per cent on the basis of the 2011 census.
Umar Gautam is accused of conversion in Noida. In which it is said that more than 1000 poor Hindus have been converted to Islam by converting them. And about 100 people have been claimed to be involved in this gang. However, Umar’s family has vehemently rejected these claims and allegations of the police.
But since this matter came to the fore, it has been covered in the media. Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind President Maulana Mahmood Madani had also lashed out at the media for this. He had said in one of his statements that the practice of media trial regarding any matter with Muslims is dangerous. And it should get away from him.
In many cases it has been seen that before the court, the media, playing the role of judge, starts blaming the accused Muslims. Mahmood Madani had also asked the court to request a stay on the media trial in this case.
However, the investigation is going on in the Umar Gautam case. And in many places interrogation is being done along with the raids. Meanwhile, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has announced that the organization will represent Umar Gautam in the court. And if he is guilty, then he will get punishment from the court. But every citizen has the right to justice in a democracy. And his interest of justice should be protected.