Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi is July 24 sacked as the rector
of Darul-Uloom Deoband by the Shoora after he refused to resign as
promised following the controversy erupted in the wake of his
reported praise for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Three-member committee constituted
to probe the allegation against Vastanvi, submitted their separate
reports today at the two-day meeting of the Shoora which began
According to the sources at the
seminary, the report of Mufti Manzoor Ahmed, one of the committee
members, was critically against Vastanvi, while other two members—
Mufti Mohammad Ismail and Maulana Malik Mohammadd Ibrahim—showed
sympathy towards Vastanvi in their reports.
The meeting discussed several other
issues but did not touch the issue of Vastanvi’s resignation. Last
night when the members of Majlis-e-Shoora reminded him of his
promise of resignation, he refused to do it.
Consequently, the voting was conducted in the second and final day
of the meeting of the Shoora July 24. According to reliable
sources, ten members voted against him while two members decided
to be neutral.
Interestingly, Mufti Mohammad Ismail
and Maulana Malik Mohd Ibrahim also voted against Vastanvi because
they were angry with him as he didn’t resign as he had promised.
Vastanvi, who was apparently very angry, left Deoband immediately
after the result came out.
He claimed that the report was
incomplete and he has been removed from the post due to conspiracy
hatched by a section of people at the seminary.
It all started when Vastanvi gave a statement praising Gujarat
Chief Minister Narendra Modi in February this year which was later
snowballed into a huge controversy leading to demands for his
removal from the post. At that time the special meeting of
Majlis-e-Shoora had decided to remove him from the post.
But Maulana Vastanvi had requested the Shoora not to remove him
directly, because it will tarnish the dignity and respect he
He had suggested the Shoora to
constitute a committee to look into the allegations. He promised
that he himself will resign from the post whether the report came
in his favor or not. Later, he changed his mind and said he would
not initiate to resign.