'MP Waqf Board can't claim royal family assets'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 15:36 IST

In furtherance to his campaign against the MP Waqf Board, former MP Gufran-e-Azam on Wednesday addressed an impressive rally at Iqbal Maidan, where he reiterated that properties donated by royal family of Bhopal could not be claimed by the Waqf Board. He said that Auqaf-e-Shahi (royal trust) run by family of Nawab Pataudi had assigned him a task and he was simply doing that.

Gufran said both as Waqf Board chairman and representative of Aukaf-e-Shahi, he tried to help the poor sections of Muslim including 'Imams' and 'Muazzins' by giving them plots in Arif Nagar and Bagh Nushah Afza and if they were being stopped from taking possession of it, people should come forward and help them. A memorandum in this regard addressed to chief minister was also handed over to representative of district administration during the rally.

Later, talking to HT, Gufran-e-Azam said that he had gone to the rally to let people know that properties donated by erstwhile rulers of Bhopal and their descendants is controlled by Aukaf-e-Shahi, a trust formed by the government of India for control on properties donated by royal family of Bhopal as part of merger agreement between government of India and Bhopal Nawab in 1949 and Waqf Board has no right over them.

The right to control those properties lies with Saba Khan, the daughter of Nawab Pataudi, who is the current custodian (mutawalli) of the royal trust, he added.

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