Profile: All about Abdul Rahman Antulay
CNN-IBN, December 18, 2008
The Government appeared embarrassed on Wednesday after Minority Affairs Minister denied doubting that terrorists killed a senior police officer in Mumbai.
The minister denied making controversial statements on the murder of chief of Maharashtra police's anti-terrorist squad, Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the Mumbai terror attacks on November 26.
He told Parliament that he wanted to know who sent Kakare and two other police officers after terrorists.
The man who gave way to a new debate in the Parliament is Abdul Rahman Antulay. He is the Minority Affairs Minister in the UPA Government.
This 79-year-old minister is a four time Lok Sabha MP and represents the Kulaba Lok Sabha seat of Raigad, Maharashtra.
Antulay was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1980 to 1982, the only Muslim politician to be the chief minister of the state so far.
He had to quit as chief minister in 1982 following the cement scandal and fought a long court battle to clear his name.
In 2003, Antulay quit as the head of the Congress minority cell and there were even reports that he was all set to walk out of the party.
In July 2006, Antulay created a stir when he cited reports that a mystery blast in district Nanded in Maharashtra in April, 2006 was orchestrated by Hindus posing as Muslims.
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