The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered the immediate dissolution of Shia and Sunni waqf boards. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has recommended a CBI probe into the matter. The probe will be carried out considering alleged irregularities worth multiple crore committed by the two bodies in the state.
“The chief minister recommended a CBI probe into the alleged scam worth crores in Shia and Sunni waqf boards,” said Minister of State for waqf, Mohsin Raza, as per a report published in Firstpost. Earlier, the CM gave orders to dissolve both Shia and Sunni waqf boards. It has been reported that the process has been initiated.
The fact-finding committee was headed by Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi. He is also the in-charge of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand waqf boards. Separate reports of the Waqf Council have been handed over to Yogi, by Raza. In the report by the committee, it has been explained how Azam Khan has misused his position as a minister in order to grab properties under the boards.
As per the report, Khan diverted the funds from waqf properties to a trust he established known as Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust. The report also highlighted the discrepancies in rent collection records on waqf properties.
According to the report, the Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board needs immediate dissolution and all accused officials must be barred from entering waqf offices pending investigation. Khan has, however, maintained that he is absolutely clean and the allegations against him are baseless.