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Order to dissolve waqf boards not legal: ex-minister Azam Khan

Press Trust of India  |  Rampur (UP) 

leader today said the government's decision to dissolve the Shia and Sunni waqf boards over charges of irregularities was not legal.

The UP had yesterday ordered dissolution of the waqf boards, with Chief Minister later recommending a probe into the alleged irregularities worth several crores committed by the two bodies in the state.


"The state government's decision to dissolve the waqf boards is not legal and democratic as there is no provision to dissolve the waqf boards," Khan said in a statement.

"If the was so keen to dissolve them, it should have held fresh elections of Mutavallis (managers), according to the Parliamentary Act in this regard," the former state cabinet minister added.

Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza yesterday told PTI that the process to dissolve the two boards had been started after taking into account all legal aspects.

There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties.

The role of the chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, as well as the Minister for Waqf in the previous SP government, Azam Khan, had come under scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of India.

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 had indicted Khan - controversial minister in the Akhilesh Yadav regime - of corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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