The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has got the control of Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards due to the term of the existing authorities is over. The elections of the boards have been postponed because of lockdown in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, Times Now News reported.
While talking to media, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Minority Affairs Mohsin Raza said that CEOs would be appointed by the Government to look after the work of the two boards.
"Both the boards were constituted during the previous Samajwadi Party regime, and large-scale irregularities have been committed by both the boards while dealing with Waqf properties. Muttawalis (caretakers) of Waqf properties have been appointed without adhering to rules. The Government has already recommended a CBI inquiry into this," said Raza.
The term "waqf" denotes an endowment which is to be used solely for the purposes recognized under Islamic Law as pious, religious or charitable. Such an endowment which usually is a property managed by an administrator called Mutawalli. The term 'Mutawalli' includes a committee of management.
According to a report
, there are around 3 lakh Sunni waqf properties and 7,225 Shia waqf properties in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Respective Waqf boards control these properties.