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THE WAKF ACT, 1954

Title : THE WAKF ACT, 1954

Year : 1954



(1) A suit to obtain any of the reliefs mentioned in section 92 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, (5 of 1908.) relating to any wakf may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in that section, be instituted by the Board without obtaining the consent referred to therein.

(2) No suit to obtain any of the reliefs referred to in section 92 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, relating to any wakf shall be instituted by any person or authority other than the Board without the consent in writing of the Board and for the institution of any such suit, it shall not be necessary to obtain the consent referred to in that section, notwithstanding anything contained therein:

Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall apply in relation to any such suit against the Board.

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1 Subs. by Act 34 of 1964, s. 19, for s. 55.

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No suit shall be instituted against the Board in respect of any act purporting to be done by it in pursuance of this Act or of any rules made there under, until the expiration of two months next after notice in writing has been delivered to, or left at, the office of the Board, stating the cause of action, the name, description and place of residence of the plaintiff and the relief which he claims; and the plaint shall contain a statement that such notice has been so delivered or left.



(1) In every suit or proceeding relating to a little to wakf property or the right of a mutawalli, the court shall issue notice to the Board at the cost of the party instituting such suit or proceeding.

(2) Whenever any wakf property is notified for sale in execution of a decree of a civil court or for the recovery of any revenue, cess, rates or taxes due to the Government or any local authority, notice shall be given to the Board by the court, collector or other person under whose order the sale is notified.

(3) In the absence of a notice under sub-section (1), any decree or order passed in the suit or proceeding shall be declared void, if the Board, within one month of its coming to know of such suit or proceeding, applies to the court in this behalf.

(4) In the absence of a notice under sub-section (2), the sale shall be declared void, if the Board, within one month of its coming to know of the sale, applies in this behalf to the court or other authority under whose order the sale was held.



(1) If, in the course of proceedings under the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (1 of 1894.) it appears to the Collector before an award is made that any property under acquisition is wakf property, a notice of such acquisition shall be served by the Collector on the Board and further proceedings shall be stayed to enable the Board to appear and plead as a party to the proceeding at any time within three months from the date of the receipt of such notice.

(2) Where the Board has reason to believe that any property under acquisition is wakf property, it may at any time before the award is made appear and plead as a party to the proceeding.

(3) When the Board has appeared under the provisions of subsection (1) or sub-section (2), no order shall be passed under section 31 or section 32 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 (1 of 1894.) without giving an opportunity to the Board to be heard.

(4) Any order passed under section 31 or section 32 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 without giving an opportunity to the Board to 124E be heard shall be declared void, if the Board, within one month of its coming to know of the order, applies in this behalf to the authority which made the order.



In any suit or proceeding in respect of a wakf or any wakf property by or against a stranger to the wakf or any other person, the Board may appear and plead as a party to the suit or proceeding.



No suit or proceeding in any court by or against the mutawalli of a wakf relating to title to wakf property or the rights of the mutawalli shall be compromised without the sanction of the Board.



(1) Where a mutawalli is under an obligation to perform any act which is recognised by Muslim law as pious, religious or charitable and the mutawalli fails to perform such act, the Board may apply to the court for an order directing the mutawalli to pay to the Board or to any person authorised by the Board in this behalf the amount necessary for the performance of the Act.

(2) Where a mutawalli is under an obligation to discharge any other duties imposed on him under the wakf and the mutawalli willfully fails to discharge such duties, the Board or any person interested in the wakf may make an application to the court and the court may pass such order thereon as it thinks fit.
Last updated on August, 2016

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