As soon as he took over as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan had said that recovering Waqf properties, which had been taken over by encroachers, would be his top priority.
He then named Delhi Development Authority (DDA) as “the biggest encroacher” of Waqf properties in the capital. “We have nearly 2,000 properties in Delhi. Of that, 70 per cent are in our possession and as much as 30 per cent have been encroached by government agencies, primarily the DDA,” Khan told The Indian Express in April.
Prior to his appointment, the Board didn’t have a chairperson for over a year.
Refuting all allegations of illegalities — as mentioned in a statement issued by the LG Friday — Khan lashed out at Jung, saying “he is functioning as if there is no elected government in the city. We have all the requisite approvals from the government concerning all appointments.”
The AAP MLA said, “If need be, we will go to court against the decision,” but added, “It will be difficult for the Board to defend itself, with its offices sealed and in the lack of any documents or paperwork.”
Since his appointment, Khan said he began a campaign to increase the revenue of the board from its properties. “After I took over, the Waqf revenue has increased from Rs seven lakh to a crore,” he claimed Friday.
Khan had set out to reach his goal of increasing Waqf revenue with the help of volunteers of the AAP. He had argued that the Waqf has very little staff and with almost 2,000 properties in Delhi, the Board needed more staff to check defaulters and collect revenue.
The AAP MLA claimed that a day before the Waqf offices were sealed, he had called in a team of lawyers to file a writ petition against the DDA to recover 200 properties which, he claimed, the authority had “illegally encroached on.”
Khan had also pledged to use the earnings of the Board to set up educational institutions for the Muslim community. “This month, I was going to start five schools funded by the Board,” he said.