The Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari has sent a legal notice to Republic TV, including its founder and journalist, Arnab Goswami for broadcasting what he called a malicious story about the mosque.
Power of Mosque Was Never Cut By The Electric Supply Department
Syed Ahmed Bukhari claimed that the story run by “Republic TV” was totally false, malicious and baseless as the power supply of Jama Masjid was never cut by the electric supply department.
This is what the channel said:
“Imam Bukhari has money to buy luxurious cars but can’t pay electricity bills?”
On August 30, the Republic TV repeatedly aired the story under the caption, “Power cut at Jama Masjid” (because of non-payments of bills, Jama Masjid’s power was snapped by the Delhi Electricity Department”).
In an interview to Caravan Daily, Bukhari said: “I came to know from my acquaintances that Republic TV has been telecasting a report regarding me and the Jama Masjid.”
“I see a design in it as it was telecast on the very day when the supporters of Baba Gurmeet Singh alias Ram Rahim had unleashed a reign of terror after he was convicted by a special court on rape charges.”
Bukhari further added that the channel and its editor are known for the tilt towards the saffron ideology and the story was published to defame and damage his reputation and the Muslim community.
The channel should have verified the facts before airing such unprofessional and irresponsible statements.