Lucknow, June 16, 2017: In a swift action, hours after the UP government ordered the dissolution of Shia and Sunni Waqf boards, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday night recommended a probe by the CBI into the alleged irregularities worth multi-crores committed by these two bodies in the state.
The Waqf boards have been facing serious charges of corruption related to management of properties and this was confirmed by the probe conducted by Waqf Council of India.
Taking cognisance of a Central Waqf Council (CWC) report, the state government has a CBI probe into the alleged scam and “misuse of office” by the then Samajwadi Party Minister Azam Khan and officials of both boards.
The council in its report elaborated on how Mr Khan as Minister allegedly misused his position to grab properties under the boards.
It said Mr Khan made a trust — Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust — and diverted funds from waqf properties to it.
The report pointed out discrepancies in maintaining rent collection records on Waqf properties.
The report further reveals, “a serious case of misuse of office by Azam Khan, his wife Taseen Fatema, his sons and his main culprit officers.”
The report points out that most of the Waqf are for the poor. “It’s top regulating body i.e UP Sunni Waqf board has failed to help even a single needy out of 3 crores 90 lakh Sunni Muslims in the last 12 years. It failed to frame rules to help widows, divorcees or other such circumstantial destitute humans… it has no proper framework to uplift deteriorating educational level of Sunni Muslims.”