SHIA CENTRAL Board of Waqfs (SCBW) has alleged that the Meerut police did not register an FIR against Vijay Mallya for encroaching upon waqf property, which allowed the liquor baron to transfer it to another company. Mallya, who owes thousands of crores of rupees to several banks, has fled the country.
SCBW Chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi claimed he had approached Meerut SSP Dinesh Dubey to lodge an FIR against Mallya but the latter refused.
“He (Dubey) was not convinced enough to register an FIR. We have served a notice to SAB Miller (the company which acquired the property from Mallya’s United Spirits Private Limited) to evacuate,” Rizvi said.
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However, DIG, Meerut Range, Lakshmi Singh said that since the matter is nearly 50 years old, a “special permission” is required to register FIR in such cases.
“The issue is nearly 50 years old and hence there is no legal liability. The waqf board could have approached the appropriate authority in Lucknow for action,” she said.
Earlier, the SCBW had summoned Mallya for “illegally purchasing nearly 10 bighas of waqf property for its USPL factory in Meerut in July last year”. In February, SCBW asked the Meerut administration to recover the property and directed the local police to lodge an FIR against Mallya and 12 other officials of the company, including its CEO.
The property of Syed Mohammad, registered under waqf number T-2554, is in Kankarkheda, Abdullahpur, Meerut. As per waqf records, 23 land numbers measuring over 10 bighas are in possession of USPL. Hussain Ahmed, the mutawalli, informed the waqf board about the “illegal possession” in a letter dated July 2, 2015.
Rizvi said that the property was registered on April 26, 1918 by Syed Mohammad, whose relatives leased it out to one Lala Hansraj in 1937 for a period of 50 years to set up a central distillery and chemical factory, at the end of which Mallya’s firm acquired the property.