Board of trustees of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan Mosque sacked its controversial Imam Syed Noor-Ur-Rahman Barkati. The Imam has recently been in the news for refusing to give up his right to use red beacon atop his car. The head of the mosque’s board of trustees, Shahzada Anwar Ali Shah told the Indian Express, “Through his anti-national comments Barkati has done a disservice to the nation and to our community, therefore, he has no right to continue as the Imam of the mosque.”
Shah added that Barkati has in the past been accused of misusing the premises of the mosque for conducting personal business such as holding press conferences and conducting marriage ceremonies. According to IE, the sacked Imam had also issued fatwas against Prime Minister Modi and West Bengal’s BJP President Dilip Ghosh. Shah also accused Barkati of making objectionable statements against RSS.
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Indian Express report also reported Barkati, considered close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was seen sharing stage at prominent rallies of Trinamool Congress. However, of late, Mamata has distanced herself from Barkati reportedly due to his controversial comments.
Barkati had refused to part with the red beacon on his car after the Centre banned the use on red beacons for non-emergency vehicles. Barkati had said “I am a religious leader and I have been using the red beacon for several decades, won’t follow the order.” West Bengal minister and cleric Siddiqullah Chowdhury had demonstrated also against Barkati. Most Muslim clerics had criticised Barkati for making these comments, according to the Indian Express.