Jawahirullah, 5 others surrender; get bail

Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) and Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) leaders M.H. Jawahirullah, S. Hyder Ali and three others surrendered before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Egmore, at the Allikulam campus in a case filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for receiving foreign contributions amounting to ₹1.54 crore under the name of ‘Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund’ without prior permission from the Central government.

The leaders’ bail plea was accepted by the Madras High Court eight hours later.

Earlier in the day, while hearing a criminal revision petition filed by them against the conviction and sentence of the trial court in 2011, the Madras High Court directed them to surrender before the trial court for granting bail and suspension of the sentence.

Case booked in 2001

In 2001, the case was registered against Mr. Jawahirullah, president of TMMK, other functionaries — Hyder Ali and H. Sayed Nizar Ahmed — philanthropists, G.M. Sheik and Nalla Mohamed Kalanjiam, the then authorised signatories of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund and members of the organisation.

The CBI alleged that during the period December 15, 1997 to June 6, 2000 the accused entered into a criminal conspiracy in Chennai and formed an association in the name of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund to accept foreign contributions without registering the association and without prior permission from the Union government.

The CBI also said in furtherance of the conspiracy, they launched the association and received foreign contributions totalling ₹ 1.54 crore and the same was deposited in the account of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund opened and maintained at Bank of India, Sowcarpet Branch, Chennai without the registration or prior permission from the Union government and the RBI as required by Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, 1976.

On September, 30, 2011, the ACMM pronounced the judgement convicting Jawahirullah and four others in the case filed by the CBI.

While taking up their case for hearing on Friday morning, Justice N. Sathishkumar directed them to surrender before the trial court. They surrendered at 1.30 p.m and the trial court issued remand orders.

Mr. Jawahirullah told The Hindu, “This case was foisted on us by then Vajpayee-led BJP government out of political vendetta. “We have not misappropriated any money and are not part of any conspiracy. We will come out clean.”