The Delhi government on Monday reconstituted the Delhi Waqf Board and AAP MLA and its former chairman Amanatullah Khan is among those named as its members.
Last year, Khan, an MLA from Okhla, was elected as the member of the board, but the lieutenant governor's approval for his appointment was awaited. "The members of the Delhi Waqf Board shall meet on September 4 at 5 pm in the conference hall of the office of secretary (revenue)...to elect one member, amongst themselves as the Chairperson of the said Board," notification stated.
In December last year, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had directed the revenue department to probe allegations by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta that the Delhi government was trying to 'reconstitute the Board in "utter violation" of the Waqf Act. The board is responsible for management of over 2,000 Waqf properties including land parcels, residential buildings, shops and graveyards across the national capital and utilisation of revenue generated from these properties for welfare of the Muslim community in Delhi.
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