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Demand for probe into wakf dealing grows

MPJ will hold dharnas in Azad Maidan to condemn the state of affairs at the wakf board, reports Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit.

india Updated: May 07, 2007 00:37 IST
Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit
Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit

The report on irregularities in the working of the Maharashtra State Wakf Board has spurred demands for a higher level of inquiry into wakf property dealings.

On Sunday, HT had reported that the state government had ordered an inquiry into the functioning of the Maharashtra State Wakf Board after receiving various complaints about illegal sale, transfer or exchange of wakf properties (Wakf property deals under scanner, HT, May 6)

Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ), a people’s initiative, will hold dharnas in Azad Maidan on Tuesday to condemn the state of affairs at the wakf board.

The MPJ has demanded that findings of the inquiry report be made public and that there should not be any more political appointees to the board.

“We want the inquiry report to be made public and the Economic Offences Wing to probe these misdeeds,” said Dr Azimuddin, President, MPJ Mumbai.

The inquiry was conducted by Sadid Qadri, Chief Financial Officer with the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and the inquiry report was submitted in April. Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was out of the city on Sunday, told HT that he would look at the report on returning.

Naseem Siddiqui, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Minorities Commission, was initially reluctant to comment on the issue due to his proximity to the board’s chairman Dr MA Aziz. “The issue may be politically motivated. But since the government has ordered an inquiry, the truth will come out.”

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