Pune: The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aurangabad-based Maharashtra Waqf Board has sought details of people who have illegally bought Waqf land at survey 55 in Kondhwa, as the report has to be submitted in the State legislative council.
The letter dated January 24 has been sent to the five trustees of the Alamgir Masjid Trust, Kondhwa, which owned the 46 acres land, worth hundreds of crores as per the current market value. But in the last 40 years, the land has been sold/purchased by 238 persons including politicians, journalists, retired defence personnel, builders, etc. The Waqf property is utilised for social purpose and welfare of the community and as per law, it cannot be sold or purchased.
The letter states, “The government has received a complaint regarding Alamgir Masjid Trust Waqf land, which has been sold and encroached. Prepare a list of people who have purchased or encroached on the land with details like their name, total land in their illegal possession, sale documents, and court cases regarding the same. The list has to be submitted to the Pune regional Waqf officer. The documentation will help in taking action under section 51 (alienation of Waqf property without sanction of the board to be void) and 52 (recovery of Waqf property transferred in contravention of section 51) of the Waqf Act 1995.”
Saleem Mulla of Maharashtra Waqf Liberation Task Force told Sakal Times, “The government must act now instead of just sending letters as they have got all the details. Even the State CID is conducting enquiries in the various Waqf properties illegal sale.”