Aligarh, Apr 22: Eminent jurist and former Union minister Ram Jethmalani today said he was ready to support the Aligarh Muslim University on every forum in its quest for the restoration of its minority character.
This, he said, was necessary for "giving justice to Muslims and for the fulfilment of the basic objective behind the establishment of this university." Delivering a lecture on minority character of AMU at the university here, Jethmalani said he was sure that the Supreme Court would overturn the Division Bench judgement of Allahabad High Court, which stripped AMU of its minority status.
He said he had moved a private member’s bill in 1980 for the restoration of AMU’s minority character and when the 1981 AMU Amendment Bill was being debated in the Parliament, he had given some suggestions, but they all went unheeded.
Jethmalani said there was "no doubt that the AMU is a minority institution." The granting of the legal status of a university in 1920 had in no way diluted its main character, that it was established by Muslims and for Muslims of India, he added.
Vice-Chancellor Naseem Ahmad, while thanking the speaker for discussing the issue threadbare, said the issue of minority character was dear to all the Muslims of India.