New Delhi: Brushing aside the Islamic Seminary Darul Uloom Deoband’s opposition over controversial author Salman Rushdie’s India trip to attend Jaipur Literature Festival, the Centre has denied intervening the matter.

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said, “There is law in the country. And if law permits, there must be a ban. But whatever is done, it should be done as per the law. We cannot do anything beyond law.”

Therefore all those worried about the forthcoming visit of the acclaimed author must take the course of law and put their views forward, Khurshid added.

The BJP accused the Congress of playing politics by inviting Salman Rushdie to the Jaipur Literature Festival despite knowing that 'conditions are not favourable' to welcome the writer to India.

“First, Congress proposed Rushdie to come to India and now it will only dispose the visa. There is a political game and if they knew that conditions are not favorable to welcome Salman Rushdie why did they give visa to him,” said BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

He said after protests by the Darul Uloom Deoband the government will cancel the visa, adding there is a political motive behind the whole controversy. However, he failed to clarify his remark.

India's top Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband on Monday asked the government not to allow Rushdie to come to India for the literature festival as the author has 'hurt the sentiments of Muslims the world over' with his work.

The prominent Muslim face in the state and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan also opposed the Rushdie visit to the country.  Khan said, “The government should not take any step which will hurt the sentiments of crores of Muslims.”

"Regarding my Indian visit, for the record, I don't need a visa," posted Rushdie on microblogging site Twitter in the wake of demands by Deoband that the Indian government cancel his visa as he had hurt religious sentiments of Muslims in the past.

Rushdie holds Overseas Indian Citizen Card which empowered him to visit India without having visa. Given the fact if India scuttles Rushdie visit, it will have to bring OIC card back from him.

JPN/Bureau/ Agencies