Waqf Board dissolution: State Waqf and Haj minister blames former minister Azam Khan

THE Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to dissolve the Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards in the State follows complains against former cabinet minister Azam Khan, his wife, the Central Waqf Council, claimed

Published: 16th June 2017 01:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2017 05:25 AM   |  A+A-

Former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan. | PTI File Photo

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LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to dissolve the Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards in the State follows complains against former cabinet minister Azam Khan, his wife, the Central Waqf Council, claimed State Waqf and Haj minister Mohsin Raza on Thursday.

Azan Khan’s department also had received a lot of complaints of land and money misappropriation and that the state government had recommended a CBI probe into the dubious land deals reported by council after its inquiry, he added.

According to sources, Azam Khan was also accused of diverting funds from Waqf properties to his own Maulana Ali Jauhar Education Trust in Rampur and the CWC report allegedly recommended the dissolution of the boards at the earliest. It has also advised the state government to prevent officials under scanner from entering Waqf bodies till probe is on.

However, Azam Khan had been denying having any role in waqf land deals and swindling of funds.
“There would either be a new board or an administrative officer appointed for the department’s work,” said Raza, claiming that the government would ensure that common man did not suffer in any way.
Meanwhile, talking to Express UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi denied having received any such notice informing him about the dissolution of the Board.

“It seems to be the handiwork of some rumour mongers as Waqf Board cannot be dissolved legally,” he said. Rizvi added that UP Shia Waqf Board’s had its tenure till 2020 and it would complete it.
“There is no law in place through which the board could be dissolved in the middle of its term,” he maintained adding that during the previous regime when the board was dissolved, they had got reinstated by Supreme Court’s order. However, Zufar Farooqi, UP Sunni Waqf Board chairman, could not be contacted despite repeated efforts for his comments.

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