The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday put the Punjab government on notice on a petition challenging the appointment of a Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officer as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Punjab Wakf Board.
The petition was filed by Masjid-e-Bilal committee, Ludhiana, through its president Mohammad Yaqueb, seeking quashing of the order of December 29, whereby PCS officer Latif Ahmed, sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Maur, and secretary, regional transport authority, Bathinda, was appointed as the CEO of the board. The response has been sought by February 20.
The high court was told that the board’s functioning has come to a standstill in the absence of a regular CEO.
The court was urged to issue directions to state to appoint the CEO from a panel of two names suggested by the board with full time charge as envisaged in the Wakf Amendment Act, 2013.
The board has its office in Chandigarh and is controlling and managing thousands of properties across Punjab.
The property related decisions are not being taken up as the appointment of the chief executive officer has not been done as per the requirement of 2013 Act.