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329. Zafaryab Jilani

Additional advocate general, Uttar Pradesh

Jilani was born in 1950 in Malihabad, a small township on the outskirts of the state capital, popular for its mango orchards. He has a master's degree in law.
His active participation in issues related to the Muslims brought him close to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board in 1978. By 1985, he became a member of the Board. His role was soon recognised and he was made the convener of Personal Law Board Action Committee on Shah Bano case. Two years after the BMAC came into being, it turned into a national level organisation and was renamed as All India Babri Masjid Action Committee and Jilani was chosen for the national level convener's post and SENIOR counsel of the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

A leading activist on Muslim issues, 62-year-old Jilani is also a member of the executive committee of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and a leading personality on Muslim personal law and its issues related to the Indian Penal Code (IPC). He has been engaged in several non-governmental organisations including Anjuman Islahul Muslimeen - a 100-year-old establishment which runs three colleges, a cemetery and an orphanage for both girls and boys, besides taking care of unclaimed human bodies.

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