‘Tweet not deleted, I stand by it’ says Dr Zafarul Islam Khan

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Minority Commission chairman Dr Zafarul Islam Khan on Sunday refuted the claims of his apology for the tweet which earned him sedition charges. His response came after a section of media reported that he had apologised and deleted the tweet thanking Kuwait for standing with Indian Muslims.

“I have apologised not for the tweet itself but because it was ill-timed and insensitive in the midst of a medical emergency faced by our country.” says the statement issued by Dr Zafarul Islam Khan.

Delhi Police’s special cell on Thursday booked Zafarul Islam under sedition charges for ‘provocative’ remarks in the tweet which called out islamophobia in India.

“I will continue, now and in future, the fight against hate politics in the country. FIRs, arrests and imprisonments do not change this path which I have chosen consciously to save my country, my people and the Indian secular policy and the Constitution.” Khan adds in his responses to the allegations.

Citing the tweet and a Facebook post by Khan, the BJP has demanded his removal from the post of Delhi Minorities Commission chairman. A delegation of Delhi BJP MLAs met Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday and also demanded registration of a case against him.

Scholars and activists on Sunday issued a public statement defending Dr Khan and condemning the sedition charges.

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