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PUNE: In a major development, the Pune cantonment court on Thursday sentenced Muslim Co-Operative Bank chairman P A Inamdar to one month’s simple imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him for slapping a garage owner over a property dispute in 2011.
Judicial magistrate (first class) Y P Pujari acquitted the other suspects identified as Abdul Sattar and Ibrahim Shaikh, due to the lack of evidence. Assistant public prosecutor Kiran Bendbhar in submission said that On November 1, 2011, the victim Javed Sayyed from Kondhwa was called at Inamdar’s office at Azam Campus in Camp for settling a property dispute. Sayyed had taken a loan of Rs 8 lakh from the bank by mortgaging the property.
Sayyed in his complaint had alleged that since the dispute could not be settled amicably, an irate Inamdar slapped him and his henchmen beat him up. After he approached police, a non-cognisable offence was registered against Inamdar and others. Sayyed had filed a complaint with the then police commissioner seeking registration of an FIR against the accused.
Bendbhar further added that acting on a a petition filed by Sayyed, the Bombay HC directed the police to register an FIR on February 6, 2017. Inamdar and two others were then arrested on charges of rioting, among others sections of the Indian Penal Code IPC(). The prosecution has examined seven witnesses and relied on their evidence for the verdict so far.
PA Inamdar is currently the President of Muslim community run Maharashtra Cosmopolitan Education Society which runs a string of educational institutions in the city with over 20,000 students on its tolls. Educationist P A Inamdar was in news recently after the parents of fourteen students students who had lost their lives in the tragedy at Murud Janjira beach on Feb 1, 2016 had sought an explanation for the death of their children .Inamdar who was in a defiant mood while addressing the parents and relatives of the students of Abeda Inamdar Senior College asked his associates to kick them out of the campus. Several news channels had relayed a video the rude behavior of Inamdar which went viral on the social media.
The Raigad police later registered an offence against 17 people, including office bearers and teachers from Abeda Inamdar college, for alleged negligence causing death in connection to the case where 14 students had drowned at Murud Janjira beach on February 1 during the college picnic. The FIR named PA Inamdar, Abeda Inamdar, Lateef Maqdoom from the college management and 14 staffers.
Inamdar had also landed in a major controversy after Pune Muslims community protested against Inamdar’s decision to to allow Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue and convenor of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar to attend an important Muslim women function in Azam campus in 2015. Kumar was invited along with another key RSS ideologue Virag Pachpor for the function entitled ‘Muslim Ladies Program cum Fatimabi Shaikh Award ceremony’ at the assembly hall of Maharashtra Cosmopolitan and Education society run in Azam Campus.
The function was organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Pune chapter under the supervision of its Co-Convenor (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) Latif Magdum. The All India Majlis E Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Pune had vociferously protested against Mr Inamdar and the management alleging that it had colluded with the RSS in eliminating the cultural values and ethos of muslim community. Scores of MIM workers were arrested in the protest and picked by the Cantonment Police. Interestingly Mrs Mumtaz Peerbhoy, the wife of former Chairman of Haji Gulam Mohammad Azam Education trust Munawwar Peerbhoy also got an award from Indresh Kumar. Munawwar Peerbhoy has been recently eased out of his position by the Azam Campus Management under directives from Inamdar.