New Delhi, Jul 15:  The All India Muslim Personal Law Board slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and RSS for doing politics in the name of Shariat courts. Addressing the media, Zafaryab Jilani said, “Shariah Board is not a court. BJP-RSS is doing politics in the name of Shariat courts.”

Jilani further said that they never wanted to set up courts in all districts of the country and just advocated for setting up the courts in districts where it was required.

“We have never talked about setting up Shariat courts in all districts across the country. Our motive is to set them up in places where it is required and where people want them”, he said.

The controversy started after AIMPLB had proposed to set up Shariat courts in all districts in the country to resolve all issues within the Islamic law, instead of approaching other courts.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board are at loggerheads over the former’s proposal to establish Shariat courts in all districts across the country. The AIMPLB had claimed that the practice began in 1993 and the Shia Waqf Board had branded the proposal to be unconstitutional and equivalent to betraying the nation.

Both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have disapproved the idea. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Meenakshi Lekhi had said that there is no place for such court in India, as it is not an ‘Islamic Republic of India.’  “You can discuss religious matters but court binds this nation. There is no place for Shariat Court, be it at district or village or city level. This is not the Islamic Republic of India,” said Lekhi.

Even the Congress party spurned the proposal and termed the idea against the Indian Constitution. Congress leader Rajeev Shukla had said the special provision of a particular religion is always taken care by the Supreme Court and High Court and hence any other court is not needed.