HC notice to government on vacating 990 Waqf properties



New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the state revenue secretary and Delhi Waqf Board on a PIL seeking direction for enforcement of eviction orders of 990 Waqf properties in the national capital.

A bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought response from the government and Waqf Board by September 1 on a PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali, who sought an order for enforcing the eviction order, hanging fire for last many years, relating to the Waqf (charitable endowment) properties.

The 990 properties have already been ordered to be vacated from illegal and unauthorised occupation of encroachers under section 54 of Wakf Act, 1995 but the sub-divisional magistrates concerned had not been enforcing such orders, Ali said.

Hearing the plea, the court asked the counsel for the revenue authority, under whom the ll SDMs come, why Waqf laws have been framed and created. It also questioned as to why Waqf tribunals were not constituted.

Counsel appearing for the Waqf board told the court that this was in the process.