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."