Allahabad HC seeks response from govt, Sunni Waqf physique on plea difficult election of Board, its chairman

The Allahabad High Court has sought a response from the UP authorities and UP Sunni Central Waqf Board whereas listening to a petition difficult the election of the Board and its chairman, Zufar Farooqui, in March. The petition was filed by activist Allamah Zameer Naqvi and the mutawalli of a Waqf property in Kanpur, Asad Muneer.

The petition stated, “The entire election process was not done in accordance with the mandatory provision laid down in the Waqf Act, 1995… as well as the U.P. Shia central Waqf board and U.P. Sunni central Waqf board conduct of Election Rules, 1997…”

Senior Advocate Syed Farman Ahmad Naqvi, who’s representing the petitioners, stated the election results of Sunni Central Waqf Board, introduced on March 11, was challenged. “The ground for challenge is that newly elected Chairman Zufar Farooqui is a member of a Waqf, against which charges of illegal transfer of Waqf land in his own name had been initiated in 2009. His action violated section 64 of the Waqf Act. Meanwhile, he became the Board Chairman and withdrew the proceeding by passing an order in his own favour. It has further been challenged on the ground that the accounts of Waqf, of which Farooqui is Mutawalli, had not been audited since over a decade. Under section 46 and 47 of Waqf, the audit should be done annually,” stated Naqvi.

The petition has sought “quashing of the entire election process of U.P. Sunni central Waqf board, Lucknow, as well as the final result published on March 9, 2021…”

While listening to the plea on Wednesday, a Bench of Justices Kaushal Jayendra Thaker and Dinesh Pathak issued discover to all respondents, and sought a response by July 9, when the petition has been listed for listening to.

On Thursday, Faroorqui informed The Indian Express that he’ll reply to the courtroom discover inside the prescribed time. “There are many issues with the petition such as if the election has to be challenged, then why now. All elections since 1997 have been held in the same manner. Then the petitioner has no locus standi in this case. He belongs to the Shia community, and has not challenged the election of Shia Waqf Board, which is done under the same rules and regulations. We will submit a detailed reply in court soon,” stated Faroorqui.

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