Monday, November 29, 1999

Home ministry steps in to aid offloaded cleric

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New Delhi, May 16 -- An embarrassed Delhi Police on Saturday dropped the criminal case filed against Deoband cleric Nurul Huda who was pulled off an Emirates flight on suspicion of being a terrorist and arrested. The move came after the Home Ministry intervened. Home Minister P Chidambaram is said to have made his displeasure about the incident clear to the Delhi Police brass, telling them harassment of innocents without adequate cause would not be tolerated. The police sent an email to HT saying they had received a complaint from a woman passenger that she had overheard Huda speaking on the phone and threatening to blow up the plane. "The police had no option but to register an FIR and take legal action. During investigation it has been found that there was a misunderstanding in view of which the police is filing a closure report". The police are not known for their alacrity in filing FIRs or closure reports.After his release, he headed to Jama Masjid, where he addressed a gathering of about 200 people on his arrest.

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