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Released on bail, NDA professor sells books to earn livelihood

Tuesday April 09, 2013 12:18:27 PM, Special Correspondent

Mumbai: 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.


Dr. 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 said, the NDA had cited his absence as the reason for his suspension from the post.


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 (NDA).


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 after acquittal.




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