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Titles of 123 properties in Delhi's prime locations reverted to Wakf Board
Monday March 3, 2014 4:05 PM, News Network

The Congress led-UPA government on Sunday approved de-notification of 123 properties in Delhi under the control of the Land and Development Office to enable their title to be transferred to the Delhi Wakf board.

Delhi Connaught Place Place

"The Cabinet has approved the de-notification of 123 properties in Delhi under the control of the land and development office and DDA and allowing the title to revert to the Delhi Wakf board," I&B Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here.

These properties spread over prime locations in the capital will now come under the control of the Delhi Wakf Board. But, it cannot sell them as Wakf Act forbids sales or transfers of the Wakf land to anyone.

At present, about sixty of these 123 properties are owned by the Land and Development Office (L&DO) under the urban development ministry while the rest lies with Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

The minority affairs ministry had set up a committee of experts under the Central Wakf Council to evaluate the proposal. The expert committee backed the proposal.

The move is seen as a major success since it is being alleged that the government has encroached over a sizeable land owned by the Muslim Wakf. It was demanded that the government should handover these illegally encorached land to the Wakf Board or pay the rent as per market rate.

Most properties are in and around Connaught Place, Mathura Road, Lodhi Road, Man Singh Road, Pandara Road, Ashoka Road, Janpath, Parliament House, Karol Bagh, Sadar Bazaar, Darya Ganj and Jangpura.

Salman Khurshid, then Minister of Minority Affairs, while presiding over 60th Meeting of the Central Wakf Council held on September 14, 2012, had said that the issue related to the handing over of 123 wakf properties situated in Delhi to the Wakf Board would soon be resolved.

Khurshid had said that he had been personally interacting with the concerned Ministries and hoped that soon the issue would be put before the Union Cabinet for final approval.

Khurshid had informed the Council that as the issue of these 123 properties had deep legal ramifications, the matter had been referred to the Attorney General of India for his advice. After that the Ministry of Urban Development would take final steps towards de-notifying these 123 wakf properties.


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