Published On: Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020

Maulana Saad evades arrest as police raids at hideouts

New Delhi: Even as Maulana Saad Khandhlawi, the chief of Nizamauddin Markaaz Tablighi Jamaat continues to elude the police, sources close to him on Thursday said that he has gone into quarantine in an undisclosed place. The Delhi Police’s crime branch has been conducting raids at several places in the national capital and in Uttar Pradesh also since Wednesday.

Maulana Saad Khandhlawi has been a controversial Muslim cleric for years

According to police sources, crime branch teams are conducting raids in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts of Uttar Pradesh with the help of the local police. So far raids have also been held in three of his residences in Delhi’s Zakir Nagar and Nizamuddin.

Caught in the eye of a storm over sheltering more than 2,000 religious followers in a Delhi mosque during the COVID-19 lockdown, the chief of Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad Khandhlawi has been a controversial Muslim cleric for years.

Maulana Saad functions from Nizamuddin mosque, which serves as a global Markaz (centre) of Tablighi Jamaat.

Bypassing rituals and regulations of Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad ignored all orders of Shura (central council) of Jamaat, and declared himself the chief to capture the coveted seat at the Markaz Nizamuddin in November 2015 as he turned 50.

“He insulted the elders, scholars and the members of the Shura. The chief is elected on the advice of the Shura but he (Maulana Saad) did not pay heed to any orders of the supreme council and decided on his own to take over the Jamaat,” said Maulana Idris of Shamli.

In fact Maulana Saad Khandhlawi’s family comes from Kandhla, a place near Shamli district of western Uttar Pradesh, around 80 kilometers away from Delhi.

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