The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, has praised Modi government’s policies in handling terrorism in the country.
He said many Muslims arrested by the previous UPA government on suspicion of being involved in terror activities are still in jail.
Bukhari said the Modi government has done a good job in releasing terror suspects who were detained by Delhi Police for their alleged ideological leaning towards banned outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Three days after being questioned by its Special Cell, Delhi Police released four of the 10 terror suspects due to lack of adequate evidence.
He said a lot of Muslim youth arrested during the UPA regime are still languishing in jails and few were released only after the court procedure.
Answering a question whether PM Modi is behind the release of Muslim youth, he said such decisions have consent of Prime Minister and Home Minister. He said the government is now counselling these youth every week.
He said he is not opposing action on those who are involved in terror activities, but outlined that the innocents should not be harassed.
On the question of whether controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, through his speeches, is spreading hatred, Bukhari said he has seen all his videos and found nothing wrong in it; however, if there is something wrong in it, the government will do its work.
Naik was followed by one of the five Bangladeshi militants, who killed 22 people at a restaurant in Dhaka.
Naik, in his lecture aired on Peace TV, an international Islamic channel, had reportedly “urged all Muslims to be terrorists”.
Naik, a popular but controversial Islamic orator and founder of Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is banned in the UK and Canada for his hate speech aimed against other religions. He is among 16 banned Islamic scholars in Malaysia.