GUWAHATI: Zunaid Khalid filed a PIL in the Gauhati High Court, praying for Wakf land in the state to be made encroachment-free. Khalid has been pursuing the matter for quite some time now and had earlier written to the chairman of the Assam Board of Wakfs regarding encroachment of Wakf property.
In his letter, Khalid pointed out that many Wakf estates have been encroached upon by local people. He said many Wakf properties were leased, rented, or inhabited.
He quoted a Supreme Court order that ruled that Wakf property is inalienable and cannot be sold or transferred for private gain. According to 52A of the Wakf Act, anybody who alienates, acquires, or takes control of any Wakf property without the previous approval of the Wakf Board faces harsh imprisonment.