Govt bans sale/purchase of wakf properties

By staff reporter

Mumbai : Government of Maharashtra has imposed a ban on the sale and purchase as well as giving on rent of properties of 25 wakf endowments in the State, and issued orders to maintain status quo in dealing with those properties.

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A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held in the office of Minister for Wakf and Milk Dairy Alhaj Anees Ahmed. The participants of the meeting include Chief Executive Officer Maharashtra State Wakf Board Abdur Rauf Sheikh and officers of other government departments.

The one-man Quadri Committee constituted by the State Government to enquire into the alleged cases of irregularities in the administration of wakf properties, has found some officers including chairman of State Wakf Board Dr MA Azeez guilty of embezzlement of wakf properties and other serious irregularities. The committee also recommended deep probe into these irregularities. It found irregularities in the sale and other dealings of over 25 wakf properties including madrasas, mosques and dargahs.

Meanwhile a delegation of concerned Muslims called on the Minister to demand CID probe into these irregularities as per recommendation of the Quradri Committee. The Minister agreed to the demand and promised to talk to the chief minister in this regard. He also assured the delegation that the government would protect wakf properties at any cost.

The Movement for Peace and Justice leader Dr Azeemuddin Khatke, general secretary Mumbai Aman Committee Dawood Khan, Secretary Ideal Education Naseem Khan and other members of the delegation urged the Minister to dissolve the Wakf Board. The Minister assured the delegation to consider this demand seriously.