Indian court orders case against Shoaib, Sania

HYDERABAD DECCAN: An Indian court has directed the police to register a case against Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza and 12 others for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

Based on a private complaint lodged by a city-based Muslim organisation, the III Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate referred the matter to SHO, Banjara Hills Police, for investigation and report on the same before it by May 26.

The complainant, Moullim Mohsin Bin Hussain Al-Kasary, who is founder president of Mazlumeen-e-Ummatay Mohammediya organisation, yesterday approached the court and named the Pakistani cricketer his wife Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza, including Shoaib''s divorced wife Ayesha Siddiqui, Sania''s father Imran Mirza, former Indian cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin, two Qazis among others for allegedly dishonestly playing with Muslim sentiments.

"Initially Shoaib said he never married Ayesha, but later divorced her. There is no official divorce, but the 14 accused declared that divorce proceedings are over and got the public, particularly Muslims, confused and insulted their religious feelings," Al-Kasary alleged.

Two Qazis, appointed by the government misused official position and got registered divorce (between Shoaib and Ayesha) and also played with the belief of Muslims even as the documents carried two different names of Shoaib''s father, he claimed.

The complainant alleged Shoaib Malik and 13 others by way of their false representation played with religious beliefs and maliciously outraged the religious feelings of Muslims as such their acts are illegal and constitute an offence under section 295 (A) (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of IPC.