In an unprecedented move that could have far-reaching consequences, the Telangana government is all set to give judicial powers to the Wakf board as declared by the Minister for Minority Welfare Koppula Eshwar while replying to a question raised by AIMIM (The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen) Akbaruddin Owaisi during question hour in the Telangana assembly.
Telangana Today quotes the Minister as saying “The Telangana government is committed to securing the valuable Wakf properties spread across the State and said that soon the government will call for a meeting with all the concerned regarding the delay in gazette notification of the details of the second survey of the Wakf lands. He also assured that the issue of conferring judicial status to Wakf Board will also be considered by the Chief Minister after the meeting”.
He also said that publishing in the gazette was delayed due to a number of objections raised during the process of verification. IIT Roorkee’s help was enlisted to digitize the demarcation process and geotag all the properties belonging to the Wakf board.
This move comes at a time when the judiciary and central government is trying to free Muslim society from the clutches of medieval shariah law. This was seen in the Triple Talaq and Nikah Halala issue. While the discussion should be about doing away with personal laws and implementation of a constitutionally recommended Uniform Civil code, the Telangana government is trying to take a step back into medieval times to continue getting support of Islamist AIMIM.
The step will also embolden Islamists of other states to seek such laws in their respective states. There is no doubt that secularists of all hues will also support such an imprudent decision, which is likely to establish Kangaroo courts manned by regressive Mullahs. The central government should advice the state government to desist from making this law and if necessary stop it using Governor’s powers.
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