Dr. Anwar Ali, once a professor at the prestigious National
Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune, is another case whose career has
been ruined after being arrested by the Mumbai police in
connection with the 2003 Mumbai blasts.
After languishing in Mumbai's Arthur
Jail for about eight years, Dr. Anwar Ali was released on bail in
February 2011. However, the bail could not return him the job at
the National Defence Academy (NDA) he was once enjoying, and now
he is selling books to earn livelihood.
According to Jamiatul Ulema
Maharashtra Legal Cell,
Dr. Anwar Ali was arrested on May 09, 2003 under the Prevention of
Terrorism Act (POTA) in connection with the Mulund train blast of
March 13, 2003. Even as he languished in the jail, he was arrested
in the December 2003 Ghatkopar BEST bus blast case.
Anwar Ali was teaching at the National Defence Academy (NDA) on an
ad hoc basis till his arrest by the Mumbai police. The NDA
cancelled his appointment on May 12, 2003 - very next day after he
was produced in the court on May 11.
Interestingly, the Jamiatul Ulema
Maharashtra Legal Cell in its report sent to ummid.com said, the
NDA had cited his absence as the reason for his suspension from
However, Dr. Anwar Ali was acquitted
in the Ghatkopar blast case due to lack of evidence. The legal
cell in its report said, the prosecutor had admitted in the court
that there was no evidence of the involvement of Dr Anwar Alli and
eight others in the Ghatokpaor BEST bus blast case.
Dr Ali remained in the jail after
acquittal in the Ghatkopar blast case as he was also one of the
accused in the Mulund train blast. In February 2011, however, the
court granted him bail.
After his release, Dr Ali requested
the concerned authorities at the National Defence Academy (NDA) to
reinstate him on his previous post. But till now he has not been
given any reply.
Failing to get any response from the
NDA, Dr Ali applied at the employment exchange. But, more than a
year after registering with the employment exchange, he did not
received any call.
Without any job since over two years
now, and having lost everything he had before being arrested by
the Mumbai police, Dr Ali is now selling books he wrote during his
days in jail.
Meanwhile, the Jamiatul Ulema
President Syed Arshad Madani has written letters to Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi demanding
restoration of Dr. Ali's services at the National Defence Academy
Arshad Madani in his letter has
cited the case of Col Prohit who is enjoying the perks and
salaries even after his arrest in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. He
wondered in his letter over the double standard meted to the
people from Muslim community, who are first slapped with false
cases and later left to wander on streets with lost career even