Aurangabad: Maharashtra government reportedly suspended district superintendent of land record and former CEO of the Maharashtra State Board of Waqf, Naseem Bano Patel. The female Muslim officer was allegedly found guilty of giving the waqf land on a platter to land sharks.
On the discovery of fraud in Waqf properties worth 2,500 crore in Nasik, forer Waqf Board CEO Naseem Bano Patel has been fired from her post. After initial enquiry regarding the corruption, it was discovered that she had the ownership of properties worth 2,500 crore in Nasik.
Nasik has more than 155 acres of Waqf Board lands. She was removed from her post in January. All this land had been occupied by people close to her. Builders took hold of the land illegally and started building on the sites.
The people who occupied the lands claim that they bought the properties legally. They claim they even have witnesses regarding the legality of their land deals. A year ago on February 4th, the fired official had passed an order claiming that these properties in Nasik did not belong to Waqf Board. Since the enquiry by Minority Commission, it was discovered that this official had been making quick money on the expense of the Waqf Board.
Waqf properties are, by law, required to be used only for the welfare of Muslim community and can be used for their religious, educational and developmental purposes. The ownership of these properties can neither be transferred nor can it be sold or bought.
The question has also been raised if the lands of Doodhwari Katra and Modhwari ki Masjid belong to Waqf properties or not. It has been said that the land was made Waqf by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor in the fifteenth century. All the legal documents point to this very fact.
The last Waqf properties survey also point to this fact. The last survey was conducted from 1997 to 2000. So it was decided that Naseem Bano Patel be discharged from her duties as the CEO from March 3rd. She has been barred from carrying on any personal work also during this time.