After Sonu Nigam accepted the challenged of the cleric and shaved his head, Quaderi said Sonu Nigam probably wanted to get rid of lice.
"Why didn't you tweet when innocent Muslims were murdered under the pretext of cow protection?" she asked Sonu Nigam. Had he done that, he would have followed my other two clauses as well.
"If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person,"Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi said during a news conference in Kolkata on Tuesday. His comments were unconstitutional as he talked against religious amity by targeting the Azaan", the Vice-President of West Bengal minority United Council claimed".
The cleric also refused to pay Rs 10 lakh to the singer after he shaved his head, instead asking him to apologise for "hurting the religious sentiment of Indians" and fulfil the "other two conditions of the challenge". The singer posted on Twitter that he was against the morning Azaan playing on the loudspeakers and later tried to support his words by talking similarly about Hindu and Sikh practises too at places of worship. After which a fatwa was issued against the singer. It was just my personal opinion. "Sonu Nigam should leave the country", Quaderi said.
The Muslim cleric also gave examples of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying they respected the secular fabric of the country. He stopped speaking as soon as azaan was heard from a nearby mosque and waited till it got over. "They know how to show respect to the constitution and every religion of this country", he said.