The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Tuesday condemned the demolition of a mosque in a tehsil compound in the Barabanki district by the administration, terming it a “patently illegal and high-handed action” and demanded its restoration.
- The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (or U.P. Sunni Waqf Board) is a body constituted under The Wakf Act, 1954.
- It manages the affairs of Sunni Muslim Waqf (charity) properties, waqf institutions, and the marriage records of the Sunni Muslim community of the state of Uttar Pradesh.
- The Sunni Waqf Board has been the main Muslim litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute.
- A waqf (also known as wakf or hubous) is an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law. It typically involves donating a building, plot of land, or other assets for Muslim religious or charitable purposes with no intention of reclaiming the assets.
- The state waqf boards were established by the state governments in view of the provisions of Section 9(1) of the Wakf Act, 1954.
- India also has a Central Waqf Council to advise the government “on matters concerning the working of boards and the due administration of wakfs.”