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THE WAKF ACT, 1995

Title : THE WAKF ACT, 1995

Year : 1995



(1) The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint for the State a Survey Commissioner of 2*[auqaf] and as many Additional or Assistant Survey Commissioners of 2*[auqaf] as may be necessary for the purpose of making a survey of 3*[auqaf in the State].

4[(1A) Every State Government shall maintain a list of 2*[auqaf] referred to in sub-section (1) and the survey of 2*[auqaf] shall be completed within a period of one year from the date of commencement of the 1*[waqf] (Amendment) Act, 2013, in case such survey was not done before the commencement of the 1*[waqf] (Amendment) Act, 2013:

Provided that where no Survey Commissioner of 1*[waqf] has been appointed, a Survey Commissioner for 2*[auqaf] shall be appointed within three months from the date of such commencement.]

(2) All Additional and Assistant Survey Commissioners of 2*[auqaf] shall perform their functions under this Act under the general supervision and control of the Survey Commissioner of 2*[auqaf].

(3) The Survey Commissioner shall, after making such inquiry as he may consider necessary, submit his report, in respect of 2*[auqaf] existing at the date of the commencement of this Act in the State or any part thereof, to the State Government containing the following particulars, namely:-

(a)  The number of 2*[auqaf] in the State showing the Shia 2*[auqaf] and Sunni 2*[auqaf] separately;

(b)  The nature and objects of each 1[waqf];

(c)  The gross income of the property comprised in each 1[waqf];

(d)  The amount of land revenue, cesses, rates and taxes payable in respect of each 1[waqf];

(e)  The expenses incurred in the realisation of the income and the pay or other remuneration of the mutawalli of each 1[waqf]; and

(f)  Such other particulars relating to each 1*[waqf] as may be prescribed.

(4) The Survey Commissioner shall, while making any inquiry, have the same powers asare vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908) in respect of the following matters, namely:-

(a)  Summoning and examining any witness;

(b)  Requiring the discovery and production of any document;

(c)  Requisitioning any public record from any court or office;

(d)  Issuing commissions for the examination of any witness or accounts;

(e)  Making any local inspection or local investigation;

(f)  Such other matters as may be prescribed.

(5) If, during any such inquiry, any dispute arises as to whether a particular 1*[waqf] is a Shia 1*[waqf] or Sunni 1*[waqf] and there are clear indications in the deed of 1*[waqf] as to its nature, the dispute shall be decided on the basis of such deed.

(6) The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct the Survey Commissioner to make a second or subsequent survey of 1*[waqf] properties in the State and the provisions of sub-sections (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall apply to such survey as they apply to a survey directed under sub-section (1):

Provided that no such second or subsequent survey shall be made until the expiry of a period of 5[ten years] from the date on which the report in relation to the immediately previous survey was submitted under sub-section (3).

4*[Provided further that the 1*[waqf] properties already notified shall not be reviewed again in subsequent survey except where the status of such property has been changed in accordance with the provisions of any law.]
 
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1. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "wakf"

2. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "Wakfs"

3. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : -

"2[auqaf] existing in the State at the date of the commencement of this Act."

4. Inserted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013).

5. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "twenty years"
 
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(1) On receipt of a report under sub-section (3) of section 4, the State Government shall forward a copy of the same to the Board.

(2) The Board shall examine the report forwarded to it under sub-section (1) and 1*[forward it back to the Government within a period of six months for publication in the Official Gazette] a list of Sunni 3*[auqaf] or Shia 3*[auqaf] in the State, whether in existence at the commencement of this Act or coming into existence thereafter, to which the report relates, and containing such other particulars as may be prescribed.

2*[(3) The revenue authorities shall-

(i) Include the list of [auqaf] referred to in sub-section (2), while updating the land records; and

(ii) Take into consideration the list of [auqaf] referred to in sub-section (2), while deciding mutation in the land records.

(4) The State Government shall maintain a record of the lists published under sub-section (2) from time to time.]
 
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1. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - " publish in the Official Gazette"

2. Inserted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013).

3. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "wakfs"

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(1) If any question arises whether a particular property specified as 4*[waqf] property in the list of 5*[auqaf] is 4*[waqf] property or not or whether a 4*[waqf] specified in such list is a Shia 4*[waqf] or Sunni 4*[waqf], the Board or the mutawalli of the 4*[waqf] or 1[any person aggrieved] may institute a suit in a Tribunal for the decision of the question and the decision of the Tribunal in respect of such matter shall be final:

Provided that no such suit shall be entertained by the Tribunal after the expiry of one year from the date of the publication of the list of 5[auqaf].

2*[Provided further that no suit shall be instituted before the Tribunal in respect of such properties notified in a second or subsequent survey pursuant to the provisions contained in sub-section (6) of section 4.]

Explanation
.-For the purposes of this section and section 7, the expression "any person interested therein", shall, in relation to any property specified as 4*[waqf] property in the list of 5*[auqaf] published after the commencement of this Act, shall include also every person who, though not interested in the 4*[waqf] concerned, is interested in such property and to whom a reasonable opportunity had been afforded to represent his case by notice served on him in that behalf during the course of the relevant inquiry under section 4.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), no proceeding under this Act in respect of any 4*[waqf] shall be stayed by reason only of the pendency of any such suit or of any appeal or other proceeding arising out of such suit

(3) The Survey Commissioner shall not be made a party to any suit under sub-section (1) and no suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against him in respect of anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of this Act or any rules made there under.

(4) The list of 5*[auqaf] shall, unless it is modified in pursuance of a decision or the Tribunal under sub-section (1), be final and conclusive.

(5) On and from the commencement of this Act in a State, no suit or other legal proceeding shall be instituted or commenced in a court in that State in relation to any question referred to in sub-section (1).
 
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1. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - " any person interested therein"

2. Inserted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013).

3. Omitted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : -

"Explanation.-For the purposes of this section and section 7, the expression "any person interested therein", shall, in relation to any property specified as wakf property in the list of wakfs published after the commencement of this Act, shall include also every person who, though not interested in the wakf concerned, is interested in such property and to whom a reasonable opportunity had been afforded to represent his case by notice served on him in that behalf during the course of the relevant inquiry under section 4."

4. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - " wakf"

5. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - " wakfs"

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(1) If, after the commencement of this Act, 1*[any question or dispute] arises, whether a particular property specified as 5*[waqf] property in a list of 4*[auqaf] is 5*[waqf] property or not, or whether a 5*[waqf] specified in such list is a Shia 5*[waqf] or a Sunni 5[waqf], the Board or the mutawalli of the 5*[waqf], 2[or any person aggrieved by the publication of the list of auqaf under section 5] therein, may apply to the Tribunal having jurisdiction in relation to such property, for the decision of the question and the decision of the Tribunal thereon shall be final:

Provided
that-

(a) In the case of the list of 4[auqaf] relating to any part of the State and published after the commencement of this Act no such application shall be entertained after the expiry of one year from the date of publication of the list of 4*[auqaf]; and

(b) In the case of the list of 4*[auqaf] relating to any part of the State and published at any time within a period of one year immediately preceding the commencement of this Act, such an application may be entertained by Tribunal within the period of one year from such commencement:

Provided further that where any such question has been heard and finally decided by civil court in a suit instituted before such commencement, the Tribunal shall not re-open such question.

(2) Except where the Tribunal has no jurisdiction by reason of the provisions of sub-section (5), no proceeding under this section in respect of any 5[waqf] shall be stayed by any court, tribunal or other authority by reason only of the pendency of any suit, application or appeal or other proceeding arising out of any such suit, application, appeal or other proceeding.

(3) The Chief Executive Officer shall not be made a party to any application under subsection (1).

(4) The list of 4[auqaf] and where any such list is modified in pursuance of a decision of the Tribunal under sub-section (1), the list as so modified, shall be final.

(5) The Tribunal shall not have jurisdiction to determine any matter which is the subject-matter of any suit or proceeding instituted or commenced in a civil court under sub-section (1) of section 6, before the commencement of this Act or which is the subject-matter of any appeal from the decree passed before such commencement in any such suit or proceeding or of any application for revision or review arising out of such suit, proceeding or appeal, as the case may be.

3*[(6) The Tribunal shall have the powers of assessment of damages by unauthorised occupation of waqf property and to penalise such unauthorised occupants for their illegal occupation of the waqf property and to recover the damages as arrears of land revenue through the Collector:

Provided that whosoever, being a public servant, fails in his lawful duty to prevent or remove an encroachment, shall on conviction be punishable with fine which may extend to fifteen thousand rupees for each such offence.]
 
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1. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "any question"

2. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "or any person interested"

3. Inserted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013).

4. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "wakfs"

5. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : - "wakf"

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The total cost of making a survey including the cost of publication of the list or lists of auqaf under this Chapter shall be borne by the State Government.]
 
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1. Substituted by the Wakf (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Act No. 27 of 2013) for the following : -

"8. Recovery of costs of survey.-

(1) The total cost of making a survey including the cost of publication of the list or lists of wakfs under this Chapter shall be borne by all the mutawalli of the wakfs the net annual income whereof exceeds five hundred rupees, in proportion to the net annual income accruing in the State to such wakfs, such proportion being assessed by the Survey Commissioner.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the deed or instrument by which the wakf was created, any mutawalli may pay from the income of the wakf any sum due from him under sub-section (1).
(3) Any sum due from a mutawalli under sub-section (1) may, on a certificate issued by the State Government, be recovered from the property comprised in the wakf in the same manner as an arrear of land revenue."

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Last updated on July, 2016

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