LUCKNOW: Kicking up another row, the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath is all set to dissolve the Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards in the State based on allegations of rampant corruption.
The move is reportedly based on recommendations of the Central Waqf Council. The decision to this effect was taken on Thursday.
Confirming the government decision, State Waqf and Haj Minister, and the only minority face in Yogi cabinet, Mohsin Raza said that the CM had given his nod to the said order.
Immediately after coming to power, the BJP government assigned the CWC to probe the functioning of both –Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards.
The central body constituted a fact-finding team which is believed to have found serious issues of corruption against the Boards in relation to properties and trusts under their control. Discrepancies in the maintenance of rent collection records were also reportedly found.
“There have been innumerable complaints against the chairpersons and members of both the boards. Even former Minority Affairs Minister Azam Khan’s name has cropped up in the complaints and allegations of usurping Shia Waqf Board’s properties for his personal use. His wife’s name has also been under scanner,” said Raza.
He added that following the CWC’s recommendation, CM’s approval was sought on the order to dissolve the boards. Subsequently, the process was initiated.