New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has transferred all the powers and duties of the Delhi Waqf Board, to the Secretary (Revenue) in the city administration. The move is being challenged by the chairperson of the Board, Rana Parween Siddiqui who has filed an appeal to quash the notification at the Delhi High Court. The court will hear the case on October 30.
In a notification dated October 10, the government said it was exercising “superseding” the board for the next six months. “In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 99(I) of the Waqf Act, 1995, the Government of NCT of Delhi hereby supersedes the Delhi Waqf Board with immediate effect for a period of six months,” said the notification issued by Revenue Secretary A Ambarasu.
“I received the notification on October 15 and stopped going to the Waqf Board office,” said Siddiqui. She was elected as chairperson of the Delhi Waqf Board in a meeting of members of the Board on January 20.
“There are a total of seven members on the Delhi Waqf Board. At the time of my election, there were only six members, out of whom four elected me as chairperson of the Board,” she said.
The court in its order on April 29 had directed the respondent, the Delhi Government, to maintain status quo vis-a-vis position of the Chairperson till further hearings.
“The notification issued by the government superseding Delhi Waqf Board despite the status quo order by the high court is a clear case of contempt of court. I will move a separate application in the court regarding this,” she added.
The chairperson of the Waqf Board, which is the custodian of public properties under Muslim law, called the move a violation of the high corder.
In an ongoing case, the Delhi government had chosen not to notify the Board’s election in January this year as only six of the seven members had exercised their vote.
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