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RTI activists are anti-social elements: AP Wakf Board

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  • Board passes resolution barring entry of activists
  • Employees prohibited from speaking to RTI activists

There are innumerable scandals inside the Wakf Board. Scores of files and documents related to highly important and valuable wakf properties had either been misplaced or tampered in collusion with corrupt politicians and land sharks. So, they hate any activism that exposes them to public.

But four persons – Moullim Mo

sin Bin Hussain Al Kasary, Mohammed Khairul Hassan, Syed Farees Ahmed and Osman Bin Mohammed Al Hajri – had been fighting for the protection of Wakf properties in the face of threat and harassment.

Though they began their fight way back in 2003, it gained momentum after the Right to Information Act came into force. Since 2005, the four activists began seeking every piece of information that could be of any help in protecting wakf properties. 

But the wakf board, its employees and their politician god fathers began feeling the heat and foresaw the threat to their prospects of looting almighty’s property. All the thugs came together and devised a strategy to stop the wakf protection activists from carrying out their fight.

Adopting the political methodology to approach a given situation, the wakf board employees and their hidden god fathers tried to persuade the activists, lured with financial and material offers and then tried to create differenc

ces among the activists. When all the three failed, they took to the path of violence.

With all the selfish people joining hands, the Wakf Board passed an unprecedented resolution (No. 145) on March 11, 2010 in the special board meeting held at the office of the wakf board.

The unanimous resolution authorized the CEO to write letter to the commissioner of Hyderabad police seeking police outpost at Haj House to stop entry of what they called unsocial elements into the Haj House premises in general and wakf board office in particular. 

The meeting also resolved that the CEO is can take severe administrative action against those employees entertaining or supporting what they called as outsiders and irrelevant persons and unsocial elements.

Interestingly, the agenda of the special board meeting pre-decided who the unsocial elements were. The agenda named Mohsin Bin Hussain Al Kasary, M K Hasan, Syed Farees Ahmed and Osman Bin Mohammed Al Hajri.

The agenda of the special board meeting says, “This group is used to file multiple and number of representations under RTI Act in respect of various wakf properties, whereas they are not at all concerned with such properties.”

The wakf board employees were bewildered when they received as many as 50 appeals single from Mohsin Bin Hussain in one single day and the same has been mentioned in the agenda of the special board meeting.

It appears the board or its employees are not well versed either with RTI Act or with the Wakf Act. According to RTI Act, an applicant can file any number of applications seeking information, while the Wakf Act says any person interested can seek information about wakf properties.

According to the Act, “person interested in a wakf" means any person who is entitled to receive any pecuniary or other benefits from the wakf and includes any person who has a right to worship or to perform any religious rite in a mosque

, idgah, imambara, dargah, khangah, maqbara, graveyard or any other religious institution connected with the wakf or to participate in any religious or charitable institution under the wakf.

Yet, the special meeting of the wakf board unanimously deliberated and decided that the four persons are not at all connected with wakf properties and foisted cases against them with the only intention to prevent them from fighting against the irregularities, encroachments and alienation of wakf properties. 

The wakf board employees in collusion with corrupt police officials tried to open history sheets against the activists by foisting series of cases.
 
However, the courts noticed the illegal and autocratic behavior of the wakf board and the police officials and absolved the activists of all charges. It is time more and more RTI activists start working towards the protection of wakf properties to ensure the welfare of poor muslims. 

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