Expression “As-salamu alaykum” should not be used as its illegal, says Activist Khalid Saifi

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Snehal Upadhyay-

Published on : September 10, 2021 at 21:57 IST

The Activist Khalid Saifi who is one of the accused in the Delhi Riots conspiracy case while making an indication on the remarks of Delhi Police on “As-salamu alaykum” stated that he must stop using it in the case as it is illegal.

These remarks were made when police reported that a student of JNU Sharjeel Imam who is also accused in the case, began his speech with “As-salamu alaykum”. The police stated that this expression was used to address a specific community and not the public at large.

“I always greet my friends with salaam. I think I will have to stop it in case it is illegal. Is it a law or presumption of the prosecution team?” Saifi questioned Additional Sessions, Judge Amitabh Rawat.

Earlier on September 1, Special Public Prosecutor Amit Prasad read out the whole speech given by Sharjeel Imam in Aligarh and contended that “He [Sharjeel Imam] begins this speech by saying As-salamu alaykum, which shows that it is only subjected to one community.”

Saifi also stated that whenever he will be granted bail, he will get a case registered in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the police alleging the wastage of two million precious papers on the charge sheet in the conspiracy case.

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