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Waqf tribunal constituted to look into disputes: HC told

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today informed the High that it has constituted a tribunal to prosecute all disputes in respect of waqf property and waqf issues.

The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice V K Rao, which was hearing a plea seeking setting up of a tribunal.

The has also sought a direction to enforce eviction orders which have already passed and awaiting enforcement for last many years regarding 990 waqf properties illegally encroached upon in the national capital.

Acting on the plea, the counsel for the said that on March 15 a notification regarding constitution of a three-member Waqf Tribunal was issued.

"Waqf Tribunal for the determination of any dispute, question or other matter relating to a waqf or waqf property, eviction of a tenant or determination of rights and obligations of the lessor and the lessees of such property under the said Act has been constituted," the said.

The bench, however, asked the government's counsel to file by May 29 its response explaining as to why no action was taken despite the eviction order.

The Waqf Board in its affidavit filed in 2015 had said that since 2014 it had written three letters to the for issuance of a notification for constitution of a tribunal but nothing had been done.

It had told the that it was having trouble getting its properties vacated from illegal and unauthorised encroachers.

The was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali in respect of 990 waqf properties here which have already been ordered to be vacated from illegal and unauthorised occupation of encroachers under the Act but the SDMs concerned have not been enforcing the orders.

He said that between 2006 and 2013, the SDMs had been requested to get the properties vacated through police circle officers.

Previously these officers had the power to get properties vacated but through an amendment in 2013 in the Waqf Act, this right has been transferred to the waqf tribunal, he has said.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 18:23 IST