Waqf Board Decides to change its legal team: Mohd Saleem

Hyderabad: Chairman of Telangana State Wakf Board Mr.Mohammed Saleem Qureshi has decided to change its legal team and appoint new legal team to represent Wakf cases strongly in the court.

It is observed that quite often, despite producing the relevant wakf records, the judgments are against Wakf Board. This situation could be attributed to lack of competent legal experts, non-cooperation of Wakf Board officials and lack of pleading the cases properly by its advocates.

A review of the past court cases reveals that since 2014, 15 cases were filed in High Court but very few cases were resolved and still there are many cases which are pending. The Standing Consul of Wakf Board and the Legal Dept. did not show any interest in settling these cases.

To quote an example of the lethargy of the Wakf Board staff, the case of taking over the management of Anwar-ul-Uloom College could be cited. Wakf Board passed a resolution earlier to take over the management of Anwar-ul-Uloom College but the legal department of Wakf Board did not take any further action in this regard.

The chairman also indicated that Wakf Board is prepared to pay huge fees to these lawyers in order to save wakf properties worth crores of rupees. He further informed that with the continuous failure of court cases, Wakf Board is facing difficulties. He expressed his surprise that despite proper wakf records, the court judgments are not in favour of Wakf Board which clearly indicates that Wakf Board pleaders failed to convince the judges and also to establish the ownership of wakf properties through documents.

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