Maha govt to initiate action against charity comm`s office
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Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011, 22:40
  
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has asked the State Law Department to initiate disciplinary action against the charity commissioner's office for granting permission in 130 cases to sell or lease Wakf properties in Mumbai, state Minorities minister Arif Naseem Khan said on Monday.

"It has been learnt that in the last 6-7 years the charity commissioner has violated the 1995 Central Wakf Act and has given permission in 130 cases to sell or lease the Wakf property," he told reporters after a meeting with members of the Wakf board here.

"Strongly objecting to it the Wakf board has asked the Law Department to look into the matter and initiate disciplinary action against the Mumbai charity commissioner," said the minister, who also handles the Wakf portfolio.

Referring to section 52 of the 1995 Central Wakf Act, the Minister said, "All the powers of granting permission to sell or lease Muslim trust properties is vested with the state Wakf board and therefore we can acquire the land back from the trusts," he said.

"Despite being informed constantly by the Maharashtra Government about it, the charity commissioner has violated the Act, he alleged.

Asking the charity commissioner to immediately stop the construction work on 130 Wakf properties, Khan said that "the state government has issued a notification directing the charity commissioner's office to hand over all details of 130 Muslim trusts in the state by next week."

PTI


First Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, 22:40


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