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Yogi govt announces dissolution of Shia, Sunni waqf boards

Dissolution process has been started after taking into account all legal aspects, says Mohsin Raza

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath

The on Thursday announced dissolving the and in the state in the wake of corruption charges against them.

Chief Minister has assented to the dissolution of the boards, Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza told PTI here.

The dissolution process has been started after taking into account all legal aspects, the minister said.

There have been serious allegations of corruption against the and related to their properties.

An inquiry conducted by the Waqf Council of had also found many irregularities in this regard.

The role of the chairman of the Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, as well as the minister for waqf in the previous government, Azam Khan, had come under scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of

Barely a fortnight after the SP suffered a humiliating defeat in the Assembly polls, a report by the fact-finding committee of the Central Waqf Council (CWC) indicted Khan -- one of the controversial ministers in the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav -- of corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office.

The fact-finding committee, constituted after the CWC received several complaints from UP, was headed by Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi, who is also the in-charge of and Jharkhand waqf boards.

Raza had recently handed over separate reports of the Waqf Council with regard to the two boards to the Chief Minister.

The committee in its report elaborated on how Khan as minister allegedly misused his position to grab properties under the boards.

It said Khan made a trust — Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust — and diverted funds from waqf properties to it.

The report pointed out discrepancies in maintaining rent collection records on Waqf properties.

It recommended that the Waqf Board be dissolved immediately and all accused officials be barred from entering waqf offices pending investigation.

Khan has, however, maintained that he was absolutely clean and the allegations against him were baseless.

First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 17:48 IST