The Shia Central Board of Waqfs in Uttar Pradesh has removed Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and Congress MLA Nawab Kazim Ali, critics of state cabinet minister Azam Khan, as “mutawallis” or caretaker of endowed properties and decided to sent them recovery notice. The SCBW would also file police complaints against the two for alleged financial irregularities.
The two were involved in a bitter spat with Azam recently. Jawwad and Azam have levelled allegations of corruption against each other in connection with the affairs of the SCBW, while Kazim Ali, Congress MLA from Suar, has been involved in a turf war with the Samajwadi Party leader in Rampur.
SCBW chairman Waseem Rizvi, however, denied that their removal was anything to do with opposition to the Waqf Minister. “Political opposition may be there, but if they were so honest, they should come up with their records,” he said.
Sporadic protests were reported in the old city at Dargah Hazrat Abbas and Talkatora Karbala over the removal of Jawwad as mutawalli. Situation remained tense as messages in support of Jawwad were circulated among the Shia community in old city.
Akhilesh Yadav government had initiated proceedings against Jawwad, a prominent Shia cleric, within 24 hours of assuming charge in March 2012. The SCBW had then even recommended to Azam, the Waqf Minister, for a CBI inquiry against Jawwad for alleged misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 1.50 crore.
Jawwad was caretaker of seven Waqf properties in Lucknow. He has also reportedly been accused of distributing 318 plots to his acquaintances for Rs 25,000 each and fixing a low rent. “We will issue notice to Jawwad to deposit over Rs 1 crore, which he had collected from these Waqf properties since 2006. We will also soon lodge FIR against him,” Rizvi stated.
Kazim Ali has been removed from all seven Waqf properties which he held for past several years. These sprawling properties have been registered as Waqf since the Nawab era.
“We cannot say that the properties were registered only for Nawab family. Kazim Ali also did not submit any records so he has been removed,” Rizvi said.
Both have alleged that action was taken against them as they were against Azam and dubbed it as an act of political vendetta.