AAP government strips Waqf Board off its powers, transfers duties to Revenue Secretary

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Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government has stripped all powers off the Delhi Waqf Board by transferring all its powers and duties to the Secretary (Revenue) in the city administration.

“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,” PTI reported quoting a government notification issued by Revenue Secretary A Ambarasu on 10 October, 2015.

Rana Parween Siddiqui, Chairperson of the Board, said that she had ‘filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court seeking quashing of the notification. The court will hear the case on October 30.’

The notification has also stipulated that ‘in accordance with Section 99(2)(b) of the Waqf Act, 1995, all the powers and duties of the Board under the provisions of the Act will be exercised and performed by the Secretary (Revenue) Government of NCT of Delhi.’

Siddiqui said, “I received the notification on October 15 and stopped going to Waqf Board office,” said Rana who has also filed a writ petition in the High Court for notification of her election as Chairperson of Delhi Waqf Board by the Delhi Government. Rana 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 of 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.”

The court in its order on April 29 had directed the respondent Delhi Government to maintain status quo vis a vis position of the Chairperson till further hearing. “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.

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