Syed Ali Amed | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI, AUGUST 28—The Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) has filed a complaint in the Jamia Nagar Police Station seeming registration of a criminal case against Sudarshan News channel’s editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke and his immediate arrest on charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and indulging into acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, national integration and deliberately maligning the defaming the image of the Jamia Millia Islamia university.
In its complaint, AAJMI secretary Badr-e-Alam said that the accused Suresh Chavhanke on August 25 from his verified twitter handle circulated an objectionable promo of his show tilted as “Naukarshahi Jihad or UPSC Jihad” that was scheduled to be aired at 8 p.m. on August 28.
The complaint said that the promo is not only “spreading hatred against the Muslim community but also defaming the Jamia Millia Islamia university which was ranked No One university in the country recently”.
Alam said that the “language used in the promo by Chavhanke is anti-national which is trying to promote enmity among people on basis of religion as he called the Jamia fraternity and its students as ‘Jihadis’”.
Quoting from Chavhanke’s tweet, Alam said that the TV editor has announced that in his programme, he would show, “Sarkari naukari mein musalmanon ke guspaith ka bada khulasa”, “aakhir achanak Musalman IAS, IPS mein kaise badh gaye”, “Jamia ke Jihadi agar zila Adhikari aur mantralay mein sachiv honge to kya hoga”, “loktantra ke sabse mahatvapoorna stambh karyapalika parMuslamanon ke kabze ka parda faash” and “dekhiye naukarshahi Jihad par hamara Maha abhiyaan Shukravar 28 August, 8 baje raat se “Bindas Bol”mein mere saath”.
Alam said that the content and lauguage of the promos is highly “dangerous for the integrity of the nation and derogatory for the Muslim community.
Surprisingly, Chavhanke also tagged his tweet to twitter handle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodi and @RSSorg. Chavhanke’s tweet attracted more than 2.4 million views.
Alam also sent copies of his complaint to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Southeast district, Deputy Commissioner of Police, southeast district, Commissioner of Police, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and the News Broadcasters Association.
JMI’s public relations officer(PRO) Ahmed Azeem, when contacted, said that the university had not yet registered any FIR. However, it has written a letter to HRD ministry informing it how the Sudarshan channel has tried to tarnish the image of university, apart from questioning the selection process of UPSC.
Jamia Teachers Association, in press statement, requested the university to file a criminal complaint against “anti-Indian” and “anti-Jamia” statement by “traitor” Suresh Chavhanke.
The JTA said that the tweet and a video message posted on August 25 through twitter handle “@SureshChavhanke” is “anti national”, accusing the selection process of the UPSC in highly objectionable words.
“The tweet also regrets recruitment of Muslims in the Indian Administrative Services and labels them with the word “jihadi” and dares how any Muslim can become an Indian Administrative officer”, the JTA statement said.
“A number of derogatory words were used by the CMD and Editor in chief of Sudarshan TV which openly instigates spewing venom against fellow citizens and trying to divide people of India. He tried his best to divide the Indian society on the religious line”, the statement said.
Condemning the remarks of Sudershan TV Editor as irresponsible, the IPS Association said that it was communal and irresponsible piece of journalism.
Gujarat Muslim Hit Rakshak Samiti seeks action under Cable TV Act
Meanwhile, Gujarat Muslim Hit Rakshak Samiti(Committee for Protection of Rights of Muslims of Gujarat) has sent letters to officials of the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, Government of India, demanding action against the Sudarshan TV under the Cable TV Act.
The letter said that “the Sudarshan news channel is notorious for spreading non-stop communal hatred and propaganda against Muslims”. Its prime time anchor Suresh Chavhanke, the letter says, “is found to openly target the Muslim community and works overtime to demonise the Muslim community”.
The samiti letter said that the TV journalists crossed all limits in his one-minute trailer in which he introduced his programme on “Naukarshahi Jihad ( government employment Jihad). Among the signatories of the letter include Prof Nisar Ansari of jamiatul Ulema Hind, Gujarat, Shakeel Rajput of Jamaat e Islami Hind, Gujarat, Mufti Abdul Qayyum Mansoori, Shia leader Maulana Akhtar Rizwi, Shaikh Vaseef Hussain, Jamaat e Islami Hind, Gujarat, and Suhel Patel of the Wahdat-e-Islam Hind, Gujarat.