In November 2011, an Islamic court had summoned the clergyman to answer charges that he had pushed seven young Muslims to convert to Christianity in exchange for money. A video posted on YouTube was presented as evidence. Rev Khanna and the converts rejected the allegations.
The clergyman was first arrested and then released a week later. In January, the Islamic court ordered his expulsion as well as that of Fr Jim Borst and other Christian missionaries.
“With the court order, the pastor can finally leave the state,” Mr George said. “Because of the threats from the Islamic court, his family has already left. They are no longer safe there.”
In Srinagar, “the atmosphere is increasingly tense,” the GCIC president explained. “The situation is precarious and unstable. Islamic fundamentalists have threatened to seize all the properties of the families of the converts in order to have them go back to Islam.”
Intimidations have had their effect, at least partly. Three of the seven converts have decided to abjure Christianity.”
“What is shameful is the fact that the Islamic court has not legal authority in Jammu and Kashmir. “Yet, the grand mufti’s charges have led to a major case of anti-Christian persecution."