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Ghulam Vastanvi sacked as Deoband VC

Sunday July 24, 2011 02:41:53 PM, Agencies

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Deoband: Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi is July 24 sacked as the rector of Darul-Uloom Deoband by the Shoora after he refused to resign as promised following the controversy erupted in the wake of his reported praise for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


Three-member committee constituted to probe the allegation against Vastanvi, submitted their separate reports today at the two-day meeting of the Shoora which began July 23.


According to the sources at the seminary, the report of Mufti Manzoor Ahmed, one of the committee members, was critically against Vastanvi, while other two members— Mufti Mohammad Ismail and Maulana Malik Mohammadd Ibrahim—showed sympathy towards Vastanvi in their reports.


The meeting discussed several other issues but did not touch the issue of Vastanvi’s resignation. Last night when the members of Majlis-e-Shoora reminded him of his promise of resignation, he refused to do it.

Consequently, the voting was conducted in the second and final day of the meeting of the Shoora July 24. According to reliable sources, ten members voted against him while two members decided to be neutral.


Interestingly, Mufti Mohammad Ismail and Maulana Malik Mohd Ibrahim also voted against Vastanvi because they were angry with him as he didn’t resign as he had promised.

Vastanvi, who was apparently very angry, left Deoband immediately after the result came out.


He claimed that the report was incomplete and he has been removed from the post due to conspiracy hatched by a section of people at the seminary.

It all started when Vastanvi gave a statement praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in February this year which was later snowballed into a huge controversy leading to demands for his removal from the post. At that time the special meeting of Majlis-e-Shoora had decided to remove him from the post.

But Maulana Vastanvi had requested the Shoora not to remove him directly, because it will tarnish the dignity and respect he holds.


He had suggested the Shoora to constitute a committee to look into the allegations. He promised that he himself will resign from the post whether the report came in his favor or not. Later, he changed his mind and said he would not initiate to resign.











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