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Leasing out of waqf properties banned

THE STATE Government on Wednesday banned leasing out of waqf properties of Sunni and Shia Waqf boards by their respective members. The government has issued instructions to both the boards to take back all leased properties.

india Updated: May 25, 2006 01:15 IST

THE STATE Government on Wednesday banned leasing out of waqf properties of Sunni and Shia Waqf boards by their respective members.

The government has issued instructions to both the boards to take back all leased properties.

Reviewing the functioning of the two boards, which are virtually in a mess, here on Wednesday, Waqf Minister Shakir Ali also issued instructions for a high-level probe into large-scale bungling in huge waqf properties in Ghaziabad.

Sunni board members, SP MLA Riyaz Ahmad and others had raised the issue last week. The minister has also directed the officers to ensure arrest of nine persons against whom FIRs were registered in Kanpur for illegal possession of waqf properties. The minister said he would be holding a meeting with the Kanpur administration on June 2 to review the situation.

The minister’s meeting was in the wake of Sunni board chairman Hafiz Usman launching a tirade against Riyaz Ahmad and other members who had exposed the bungling in the board. The government ban on lease of properties by members would also directly affect some Shia board members who were allegedly involved in a “leasing racket”. The issue was brought to the notice of the minister by Shia board chief executive officer Shahid Manzar Abbas.

The Royal Family of Awadh (RFA), in a memorandum to the chief minister, had demanded dissolution of the Shia board. The RFA general secretary Shikoh Azad said that moves were afoot by vested interest to capture the multi-crore Hussainabad Trust in Lucknow. He said the order constituting a seven-member committee for the Hussainbad Trust was illegal.

The minister also directed the officers to identify the properties under government control and issue notices to the departments concerned. He said proper rent should be fixed for these properties. He said a probe into Waqf building, under the control of the Bridge Corporation in Gorakhpur, should be completed without further delay. He said Waqf audit should be done by the accountant general.