Just a day back the Uttar Pradesh government ordered the dissolution of the Shia and Sunni waqf boards after the government found massive scams pertaining to funds in the board. The UP government which was scrutinizing all the departmental works discovered there was massive misuse of funds by the waqf committee members.
Even during the previous Samajwadi party government, the role of the chairman of the Shia waqf board Wasim Rizvi was under scanner but no action was taken by Akhilesh government. Azam Khan who was the minister for waqf board is said to have ignored all the complaints received to his office on waqf committee members.
Just 2-3 days after the BJP government won elections in UP, a report by the fact-finding committee of the Central Waqf Council (CWC) indicated that Azam Khan was involved in large scale corruption, misappropriation of funds and misuse of power. The fact finding committee was constituted by CWC after they received several complaints against the board members. The fact finding committee is headed by Syed Ejaz Abbas Naqvi, who is also investigating the misappropriation of funds in the Jharkhan state waqf board.
The preliminary reports submitted by the fact finding committee also indicated that large amount of funds were diverted by Azam Khan to a trust called Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust, which is owned by Azam Khan himself. However Azam Khan refused to comment on the issue and said he has made no wrong and has a clean image.
After the committee submitted the reports to the Chief Minister, the government ordered a CBI probe into the corruption charges. The minister said that the dissolution decision was taken after consulting all the legal aspects and a thorough investigation was ordered into the scam.
(Central Waqf Council of India is an Indian statutory body established in 1964 by the Government of India under Waqf Act, 1954. Waqf is a permanent dedication of movable or immovable properties for religious, pious or charitable purposes as recognized by Muslim Law, given by philanthropists).