Tuesday, July 5, 2022

    Journey of controversies, from Wasim Rizvi to Jitendra Tyagi

    New Delhi / Lucknow : The former Chairman of Uttar Pradesh’s Shia Waqf Board Wasim Rizvi who has now converted to Hinduism and named himself as “Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi” at a ceremony at Devi Temple in Dasna, Ghaziabad on Monday has been sailing in the sea of controversies since long. In short, he has always been in news for some controversy, from alleged rape case to alleged illegally selling of Waqf property, from filing writ petition to remove verses of Quran to publishing derogatory book on Muslim’s Prophet Muhammad, he and controversies goes hands in gloves.

    Rape case charges

    In June 2021, a woman accused Wasim Rizvi of raping her on multiple occasions, the victim who is wife of Rizvi’s driver alleged that Rizvi used to send her husband away on work regularly and would rape her in his absence. She also accused him of beating her husband after he confronted him whilst she revealed his crime. A case was registered against him after the victim approached Court and Lucknow Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate AK Srivastava ordered investigation. He was booked under IPC sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 392 (robbery). Wasim Rizvi has denied the allegations.


    Charged for assaulting Wife

    In June 2019, a social activist Farha Naqvi filed a complaint against Wasim Rizvi alleging he was routinely beating his wife and keeping her captive. Mrs Naqvi, president of Mera Foundation claimed she was confronted by a dozen goons and was threatened when she tried to meet his wife. Wasim Rizvi denied the allegations and claimed it was a conspiracy.

    Illegal selling of Waqf Land

    In November 2020, CBI started a probe against Wasim Rizvi and others in alleged illegal sale and transfer of Waqf properties and lands in Uttar Pradesh. Two separate cases were registered against Rizvi and others by Uttar Pradesh police in 2016-17. The state Government recommended CBI inquiry in 2019.

    Wasim Rizvi and Dasna head priest Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. Photo: Getty Images

    The first case of 2016 registered against Mr Rizvi is in connection to alleged illegal construction of shops at the Imambara Ghulam Haider in Prayagraj. The second case is of 2017 linked to a piece of land in Kanpur where Mr Rizvi is accused of cheating and intimidating the caretaker of the plot.

    Quid pro quo?

    Those who’ve known Wasim Rizvi they’re familiar with his tryst with opportunities, Rizvi who was once very close to prominent and influential Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, climbed the ladder and then dropped it on him. He ran for corporator election on Samajwadi Party ticket in 2000 and was elected, he won the membership election of the Shia Waqf Board and Kalbe Jawad got him elected as chairman of the board in 2008 during BSP’s Mayawati regime.

    But soon Rizvi switched sides in 2012 when Akhilesh Yadav formed the Government in UP, Rizvi started attacking Shia clerics to join Azam Khan’s side after Akhilesh Govt dissolved the Shia Waqf Board and then reinstituted. He continued to side with Azam Khan till BJP formed the Government in UP in 2017, Rizvi suddenly changed his tone and started Anti-Muslim, Anti-Islam statements. He deserted Azam Khan like he did Kalbe Jawad. Thus making it obvious that his tryst is with opportunities and nothing else.

    With UP elections ahead and considering another opportunity, he has now chosen side with the likes of controversial figures like Swami Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, if anyone believes people like Wasim Rizvi will be a loyalist then they’re purely mistaken.


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