Close on the heels of Wakf controversies in Mumbai and Punjab, a major scam involving leasing out of Wakf properties in Haryana’s prime town of Gurgaon, in connivance with private parties, has come to light. Mohammad Shayin, a state IAS officer and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board, who blew the whistle, has been transferred since. However, he has sent a detailed report to the state Home Department, exposing the scam threadbare.

Shayin, while putting the record straight by submitting a detailed report to the state government, has asked for stern action against those who had been treating Wakf properties as their personal property to mint huge sums of money in the form of illegal gratification. The report has leveled serious allegations on the conduct of its chairman, Hamid Hussain, a former MLA from the state. Hamid Hussain, when contacted by The Indian Express, denied the charges.

The Board had leased out prime land measuring 900 square yards at Garhi Harsru in Gurgaon at throwaway prices, where land prices have sky-rocketed, especially after the Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation allotted 1,400 acres to the Mukesh Ambani Reliance Industries Limited for its Rs 40,000-crore Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The plot had been leased out to M/s Gateway Distri Parks Ltd. in lieu of lease money of Rs 5,000 per month from January 1, 2005. Ironically, the leasing of this property led to demolition of a mosque on this land and against a grant of Rs 1,000 to its Imam. The Board, even after receiving a complaint in this regard, could not act because the chairman of the board, at his own level, had issued an NOC for commercial exploitation of the land. Shayin, in his report, had apprehended that money had exchanged hands

The Board had leased out prime land measuring 900 square yards at Garhi Harsru in Gurgaon at throwaway prices, where land prices have sky-rocketed, especially after the Haryana Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation allotted 1,400 acres to the Mukesh Ambani Reliance Industries Limited for its Rs 40,000-crore Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The plot had been leased out to M/s Gateway Distri Parks Ltd. in lieu of lease money of Rs 5,000 per month from January 1, 2005. Ironically, the leasing of this property led to demolition of a mosque on this land and against a grant of Rs 1,000 to its Imam. The Board, even after receiving a complaint in this regard, could not act because the chairman of the board, at his own level, had issued an NOC for commercial exploitation of the land. Shayin, in his report, had apprehended that money had exchanged hands.

Similarly, in another case, another prime Wakf property at Choma village in Gurgaon was leased for extraneous reasons. This piece of land continues on monthly lease basis from 1997, but the Board converted this land from urban to rural and leased it out on yearly patta basis from 2004-05 against a meager sum of Rs 25,000 and with a yearly raise of Rs 2,000, which had brought the lease money to Rs 30,000 this year. This happened despite the fact that Board had been earning Rs 60,000 from the same land since 1997.

To further make money, the Board approved a plotting scheme in favour of the pattedar. Seeing this blatant misuse of authority, Shayin proposed cancellation of this lease to develop the Board’s own complex on this land, but the chairman did not allow it. Rather, according to Shayin’s report, he took a bribe to allow carving of residential plots on this land. Here again, the chairman issued the NOC on his own.

Besides leasing out Wakf land for extraneous reasons, the report also alleged that the chairman of the Board leased out Wakf properties to his son-in-law Mohd Iqbal at Badkli chowk at Nagina, now in Mewat district. This land was leased out to Mohd Iqbal and Mohd Islam against a nominal rent of Rs 1,200 per month. The lessee, in turn, constructed six shops on the property to sublet these without the approval of the Board. The chairman is also charged with pressuring the Wakf officers concerned to issue NOCs for construction of a first floor on this land.

In another case of nepotism, the chairman allotted one piece of prime land measuring 860 square yards to his nephew Mohd Talha at a meager sum of Rs 435 per month from October 1, 2004. The allottee in this case also had constructed many shops on this land without the knowledge of the Board, which, according to the report, is not only illegal, but cognizable as well.

Another Gurgaon property located at Dhulkot has been leased out on yearly basis and a plotting scheme had also been approved for carving of residential plots on this land. The Shayin report alleges that the chairman was a partner in this plotting scheme to an extent of 25 per cent of total profit.

“As we all know that Gurgaon has very high potential for residential plotting, it is widely believed that the chairman took a heavy gratification from the said party in lieu of the NOC issued at his own level. The CEO was not able to take any legal action against the lessee as he had the NOC issued by the chairman,” said the report.


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  • Delhi Wakf Board to get 123 properties

    Now Same malpractice is being encouraged by congress in Delhi !!! ...... for election 2014 Khullam Khulla ghapla karenge hum to , humko kaun rokega - Congress
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    NEW DELHI: Delhi Wakf Board will soon get 123 properties including many in prime localities such as Janpath, Babar Road, Mathura Road, Pandara Road, Ashoka Road and Parliament Street following a decision by the Union cabinet. The properties include mosques, dargahs and graveyards.

    At present, about 60 of these properties are owned by the land and development office (L&DO) of Union urban development ministry. The rest are with the 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.

    But after Sunday's cabinet decision, all these properties spread across Delhi will now come under the control of the Delhi Wakf Board. However, it cannot sell them as Wakf Act forbids sales or transfers of the Wakf land to anyone.

    While presiding over 60th meeting of the Central Wakf Council in September 2012, then minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid had said the issue related to the handing over of these 123 properties in Delhi would soon be resolved.


    Delhi Wakf Board to get 123 properties - The Times of India
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    Now Same malpractice is being encouraged by congress in Delhi !!! ...... for election 2014 Khullam Khulla ghapla karenge hum to , humko kaun rokega - Congress
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    NEW DELHI: Delhi Wakf Board will soon get 123 properties including many in prime localities such as Janpath, Babar Road, Mathura Road, Pandara Road, Ashoka Road and Parliament Street following a decision by the Union cabinet. The properties include mosques, dargahs and graveyards.

    At present, about 60 of these properties are owned by the land and development office (L&DO) of Union urban development ministry. The rest are with the 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.

    But after Sunday's cabinet decision, all these properties spread across Delhi will now come under the control of the Delhi Wakf Board. However, it cannot sell them as Wakf Act forbids sales or transfers of the Wakf land to anyone.

    While presiding over 60th meeting of the Central Wakf Council in September 2012, then minority affairs minister Salman Khurshid had said the issue related to the handing over of these 123 properties in Delhi would soon be resolved.


    Delhi Wakf Board to get 123 properties - The Times of India


    Congress is secular and secular governments do give priority (read: undue and unwarranted) to certain sections (read: based on religion) of the society..
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    Congress is secular and secular governments do give priority (read: undue and unwarranted) to certain sections (read: based on religion) of the society..


    Those are rightly called Pseudo Seculars...
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