Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung dissolves Delhi Waqf Board

Oct 8, 2016 11:01 IST

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung on 7 October 2016 dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board.

Jung referred the Board’s constitution to a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe for alleged corruption and procedural irregularities in functioning.

The L-G declared the reconstitution of the Board and announced the appointment of its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and members as illegal and void ab initio.

In view of the deliberate and persistent acts of illegality, violation of rules, allegations of corruption, possibility of malafide, etc., the entire matter related to the Delhi Waqf Board is referred to the CBI for investigation.

The L-G has further directed Divisional Commissioner A. Anbarasu to set up a committee to review the legality and propriety of all decisions and action taken by the Board after its constitution in March 2015, and submit a report within a month.

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About Waqf

Waqf is a permanent dedication of movable or immovable properties for religious, pious or charitable purposes as recognized by Muslim Law, given by philanthropists.

The grant is known as mushrut-ul-khidmat, while a person making such dedication is known as Waqf.

The State Wakf Boards are established by the State Governments in view of the provisions of section 13 & 14 of the Waqf Act, 1995. However, the Waqf Act 1995 is not applicable to Jammu & Kashmir.

At present, there are 30 Wakf Boards across the country in twenty-nine states/Union territories. The States like Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim and the UT Daman & Dieu have no Waqf Board at present.

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