Hyderabad: Central Wakf Council, New Delhi has agreed to provide legal assistance for the restoration of Wakf land belonging to Dargah Hazrath Husain Shah Wali (RA) which was sold out to Lanco Hills during the Congress regime. Govt. of Telangana has filed a petition in the supreme court for the restoration of this land.
Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel, IAS, Secretary, Dept. of Minorities Welfare, Telangana State raised this issue in the meeting of Central Wakf Council held in New Delhi and requested the Council to become a party to this case.
The meeting of the council was presided over by its president, Dr. Najma Heptullah, Union Minister of Minority Affairs. She assured that the council would provide all the possible help to Govt. of Telangana.
Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel further told that despite the case pending in Supreme Court, Lanco Hills have been continuing constructions and sale of properties. He also told that Telangana Wakf Board field a case in Supreme Court for the restoration of this Wakf property. Noted lawyers have been engaged for this purpose. The case of the Wakf Board is strong. If Central Wakf Council extends its cooperation, the success of the case could be assured. He also told that there are many wakf lands in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy Districts which are under the illegal possession for which the Department of Minorities Welfare is struggling to get them back. He mentioned that Wakf Board proposes to increase its income through the development of Wakf properties. Five such important properties have been identified for the development. After getting the approval of the State Govt., these proposals would be sent to Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India for their sanction.
Dr. Najma Heptullah assured that every possible assistance would be provided to State Govt. for the development of Wakf properties. The steps taken by the Telangana Wakf Board for the protection of Wakf properties were mentioned in the meeting of the Central Wakf Council. The Council expressed its dissatisfaction on the functioning of the Wakf Boards of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. The Council agreed to merge the Punjab and Chandigarh Wakf Boards. It was mentioned that Govt. of Gujarat sold out 26 important Wakf properties. It was decided to approach the Govt. of Gujarat for cancelling the sale proceeds of these properties.
Mr. Syed Omer Jaleel expressed the hope that Ministry of Minority Welfare, Govt. of India would extend all possible help for the development of Wakf properties in Telangana State.