Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan mosque sacked; refuses to quit


  • Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan mosque sacked; refuses to quit
    Rahman Barkati, Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan mosque sacked; refuses to quit
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Delhi : The controversial Shahi Imam of Kolkata’s Tipu Sultan mosque, Noor-ur Rahman Barkati, who once threatened to banish and beat up Muslims if they joined RSS and BJP, was sacked for allegedly making anti-national statements and “misusing” his position. Barkati, however, refused to step down, asserting, “Nobody has the right to remove me”. “We have sent him the notice of termination and he has been asked to vacate the office room allotted to him. We have asked his deputy to conduct prayers and we will appoint a new imam very soon,” Prince Ghulam Ahmed Wakf Estate trustee Arif Ahmed told reporters. “We have removed him as the imam of the mosque for his anti-national statements.

We never expect an imam, who is a religious person, to cross his line and misuse his post,” he said. Ahmed said, “Barkati had shown disrespect to our national leaders and he was using the mosque for political purpose, and for his own financial gains.” “He was cautioned earlier for his activities.  Recently, he was served a show-cause notice for his speeches seeking to incite people,” he said. Asked if Barkati was removed under political pressure, Ahmed said, “There was no such pressure”. Barkati was embroiled in a controversy last week when he refused to remove the red beacon from his vehicle, saying it was his right to use it. 



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