Allahabad High Court stays Uttar Pradesh govt order, reinstates six Shia waqf board members
The Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed the Uttar Pradesh government order removing six nominated members of the Shia Waqf Board.
Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed the Uttar Pradesh government order removing six nominated members of the Shia Waqf Board.
A vacation bench comprising justice Rajan Roy and justice SN Agnihotri quashed the order on the grounds that they were not provided an opportunity of hearing, which was mandatory under the Waqf Act 1995.
The court, however, gave liberty to the state government to proceed afresh in accordance with law.
The Uttar Pradesh government had passed the order on 16 June, saying these members had allegedly indulged in irregularities in connection with waqf properties.
The members who were removed included Akhtar Hasan Rizvi, Syed Wali Haider, Ashfa Zaidi, Maulana Azim Husain Zaidi, Aalima Zaidi and Najmul Hasan Rizvi.
The members led by Aalima Zaidi had later moved the court against the removal.
All these were nominated by the previous Samajwadi Party government.
On 15 June, the Uttar Pradesh government, after ordering dissolution of Shia and Sunni waqf boards, had also recommended a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities worth crores of rupees committed by the two bodies in the state.
There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties.
The role of the chairman of the Shia Waqf board Wasim Rizvi as well as the minister for waqf in the previous
Samajwadi Party government Azam Khan had come under the scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of India.
Khan has, however, maintained that the allegations against him were baseless.
A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman had given an ultimatum to the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday to either "reconsider" its decision or the court will pass orders.
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