the status of the crime (or lack thereof) stays intact what is heinous is the fact that great scholars waited until NOW to bring it to public attention! it certainly raises eye brows as to why Tajush Shari3ah and his side didn't issue a fatwa against this character right then and there? if they are issuing fatwa against him now, they need to answer to the awam why they waited all these years! if they can't, in my book THAT is the heinous part! were they in a private correspondence with this obaid guy like Ala Hazrat was corresponding with thanwi? --- AND AGAIN - so far NO FATWA has been issued by Bareilly mentioning obaid SPECIFICALLY BY NAME! can someone state why please? (DESPITE the crime being so utterly ugly and heinous!!!!!!!!) the supporters of that side seem to be beaming over a GENERIC fatwa not realizing that their OWN SHUYUKH have so far not issued a SPECIFIC FATWA/STATEMENT on obaidullah!