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PIL on Wakf Board claim to Taj Mahal

Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The president of the Taj Conservation Committee and ex-standing counsel of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Ajay K. Agrawal, today filed a public interest litigation (PIL) asking the court to stay the order of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Wakf Board order of July 17 that declared the Taj Mahal to be wakf property.

The petition requests the court to call for the records on the basis of which the Wakf Board took its decision. It asks for court to prevent all courts, boards and commissions from passing any order with respect to the Taj Mahal as the Supreme Court has already been monitoring the steps taken for the maintenance, conservation, preservation and security of the monument. The petition says that sections 36 to 40 of the Wakf Act, 1995, which give the Wakf Board the power to hold an inquiry to decide if a particular property is wakf property need to be amended.

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