New Delhi: A key bill aimed at bettering the
functioning of Wakf boards across the country was referred to
a select committee of Rajya Sabha.
This was announced by Minority Affairs Minister Salman
Khurshid in the Upper House today. The committee will submit
its report within six weeks.
Several Muslim groups including All India Muslim Personal
Law Board (AIMPLB) had objected to certain provisions in the
bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on May 7.
AIMPLB had held that the provision for making registration
of all wakf properties necessary will affect Muslims` claim
over Babri mosque, which is not registered, a contention
rejected by Khurshid.
The bill has stringent penal provisions to prevent
encroachments and to streamline the process of removal of