Senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin | ANI file
Senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin | ANI file
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Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has ordered an inquiry by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) against senior IAS officer Mohammad Iftikharuddin, chief of the state’s Road Transport Corporation, after a video went viral on social media alleging that he advocated “religious conversion” during his posting in Kanpur.

A 1985-batch officer, Iftikharuddin was posted in Kanpur between 2012 and 2018 on various posts, but is currently in Lucknow.

The action comes after videos surfaced online, which allegedly shows the officer promoting conversion. 

Iftikharuddin is yet to respond to this incident. ThePrint reached him through phone calls but there was no response till the time of publishing this report.

One Twitter user, Enemy Slayer, claimed that the video was shot during Iftikharuddin’s posting as a divisional commissioner in Kanpur. In the video, a man who online users claim is Iftikharuddin, is asking muftis at his official residence to convert more people to Islam and promote Islamic teaching.

Another Twitter user, Prof. Hari Om, accused the IAS officer of urging his coreligionists to “spread Islam to every home in India”.

Probe ordered

After the video went viral, the Kanpur Police tweeted that an ADCP (additional deputy commissioner of police) would verify its authenticity.


The home department then released a statement that a SIT will probe the case. It will be headed by DG CB-CID G.L. Meena. The SIT will submit its report to the UP government within seven days.

UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi released a video statement in which he said that it’s a very serious issue.

“This is unacceptable in the Yogi Adityanath government. Strict action will be taken if this video turns out to be true,” he said.

(Edited by Arun Prashanth)

Also read: Why Congress lost Brahmin faces in UP, from Rita Bahuguna to Jitin Prasada & Lalitesh Tripathi


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