Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to dissolve the Shia and Sunni waqf boards over charges of irregularities was not legal.
The UP government had ordered dissolution of the waqf boards, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath later recommending a CBI 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 government 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.
This is against the constitution as Waqf boards are formed after a law by parliament: Azam Khan,SP on Waqf boards to be dissolved in UP pic.twitter.com/dWXLp6kLm0— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 16, 2017
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.
6 members of Shia Waqf Board removed from their positions by Uttar Pradesh government.— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 17, 2017
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.
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