Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government of friday suspended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wakf Board, Naseema Bano Patel after a preliminary inquiry found her guilty of ruiling a wakf property worth Rs 2,500 crore in Nashik as a non-wakf in early 2016. Congress MLA Mohammad Arif Naseem Khan has demanded proper investigation into the alleged the Wakf board land scam. Naseem Khan has raised the issue in the assembly and has alleged that many officials of Wakf board are involve in this scam.

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The 55-acre property, at a prime location in Nashik, now has a township coming up on it after the builder took possession of it by paying compensation to encroachers who became the legal heir of the land after the CEO declared the land non-wakf. As per the law, a wakf is an endowment made by a Muslim to a religious, educational or for charitable cause. It can neither be transferred nor sold by any person; even a legal heir of the one who had wakf (donated) his property.

Speaking to Mumbai Cutting, Congress MLA Arif Naseen Khan said, ‘ the property belonging to WAKF board cannot be sold nor can be transferred to someone else’s name. However, Nasseba Bano Patel went on ahead and gave a NOC for a prime location of the WAKF Board’s 55 acre land to a builder. It’s quite evident that there are many other people involved in this scam.’

‘Naseeba Bano Patel held on for 2 years on the position of Additional In charge of the WAKF board when the position is only open for a period of 3 months. I am sure that there are big names behind this hoax and would request a full-length investigation so the truth can come out.’, said, Arif Naseem Khan.

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In Mumbai, the Lalshah Baba Dargah trustees had challenged the construction of a residential tower on the dargah land at Lalbaug. The 99,000 sq metre plot, said Khan, is valued at Rs 2,000 acre. “When the matter had been brought before the Wakf Board tribunal, it ruled that no third party rights must be created. The high court, however, allowed the sale of flats which was then stayed by the Supreme Court.

(With inputs from Times of India)