Pathan~~s father files plea against eviction order

Published: Friday, July 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Vadodara:Mohammad Khan Pathan, father of cricketer Irfan has filed a plea in a Gujarat court after being asked to vacate a mosque where he lived for allegedly being responsible for the damage to a rare copy of the Quran.

It may be mentioned here that the managing committee of the Jumma Masjid in Vadodara had sent a job termination and eviction notice to the cricketer's father last week holding him accountable for the damage caused to an arguably unique copy of the Quran.

Pathan has responded by filing a caveat against the eviction in a local court though the family shifted last year to an upmarket neighbourhood.

"This is the reward I am getting for serving them for 35 years. I was threatened by the trust chairman, Hanif Dayma Kumar, and asked to leave just like that," said Pathan, who acted as caretaker for the mosque.

According to Dayma Kumar, Pathan had a troublesome track record at the mosque and the damage to the copy of the Quran, said to be the largest in Asia, could not be pardoned.

"He (Pathan) is an obstinate man. We had dismissed him 10 years ago but the trust took pity and relented. I believe that was a mistake," Dayma Kumar has been quoted as saying.

Mohammad Khan and his family were reportedly staying in a room inside the mosque premises before moving to their new residence at Vasna road in the city.

The Quran was supposed to be damaged due to leakage when it rained heavily in the city in the last week of June.

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