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Shia, Sunni Waqf boards to be dissolved after corruption charges

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to dissolve the Shia and Sunni Waqf boards in the state, after corruption charges were leveled against these organizations. The minister of state for Waqf Mohsin Raza said that the dissolution of the Waqf boards in the state has been approved by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Raza also said that the dissolution process has already been initiated after reports indicated that these organizations were involved in corruption related to their various properties. The irregularities were detected by the Waqf Council of India and the people involved in the corruption included the chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi and minister for Waqf in the previous Samajwadi Party government, Azam Khan.

The fact-finding committee constituted by the UP government has submitted its report, wherein it has charged Azam Khan for corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office. It has been alleged that Khan utilized his official position as a minister to grab properties that belonged to Waqf boards. It has also been found that Khan had launched a trust named Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust, which was used to divert funds. The report had recommended dissolution of Waqf boards in the state, which has now been approved by the UP government.

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