Section 98 in The Waqf Act, 1995
Title: Annual report by State Government
As soon as may be after the close of a financial year, the State Government shall cause a general annual report on the working and administration of the State 2[Waqf] Board and the Administration of 1[auqaf] in the State during that year to be prepared and laid before each House of the State Legislature where it consists of two Houses, or where such legislature consists of one House, before that House, and every such report shall be in such form and shall contain such matters as may be provided by regulations.
1. Subs. by Act 27 of 2013, s. 4, for "wakfs" (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
2. Subs. by s. 4, ibid., for "wakf" (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
Title: Power to supersede Board
(1) If the State Government is of opinion that the Board is unable to perform or has persistently made default in the performance of, the duty imposed on it by or under this Act or has exceeded or abused its powers, or has wilfully and without sufficient cause failed to comply with any direction issued by the Central Government under section 96 or the State Government under section 97, or if the State Government is satisfied on consideration of any report submitted after annual inspection, that the Board's continuance is likely to be injurious to the interests of the 1[auqaf] in the State, the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, supersede the Board for a period not exceeding six months:
Provided that before issuing a notification under this sub-section, the State Government shall give a reasonable time to the Board to show cause why it should not be superseded and shall consider the explanations and objections, if any, of the Board:
2[Provided further that the power of the State Government under this section shall not be exercised unless there is a prima facie evidence of financial irregularity, misconduct or violation of the provisions of this Act.]
(2) Upon the publication of a notification under sub-section (1) superseding the Board,--
(a) all the members of the Board shall, as from the date of supersession, vacate their offices as such members;
(b) all the powers and duties which may, by or under the provisions of this Act, be exercised or performed by or on behalf of the Board shall, during the period of supersession, be exercised and performed by such person or persons as the State Government may direct; and
(c) all properties vested in the Board shall, during the period of supersession vest in the State Government.
(3) On the expiration of the period of supersession specified in the notification issued under sub-section (1), the State Government may
3[(a) extend the period of supersession by another six months with reasons to be recorded in writing and, the period of continuous supersession shall not exceed more than a year; or]
(b) reconstitute the Board in the manner provided in section 14.
1. Subs. by Act 27 of 2013, s. 4, for "wakfs" (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
2. Ins. by s. 51, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
3. Subs. by Act 27 of 2013, s. 51, for clause (a) (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
Title: Protection of action taken in good faith
No suit or other legal proceeding shall lie against the board or Chief Executive Officer or Survey Commissioner or any other person duly appointed under this Act in respect of anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
Title: Survey Commissioner, members and officers of the Board, deemed to be public servants
(1) The Survey Commissioner, members of the Board, every officer, every auditor of the Board and every other person duly appointed to discharge any duties imposed on him by this Act or any rule or order made thereunder, shall be deemed to be public servants within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
(2) Every mutawalli of a 1[waqf], every member of managing committee, whether constituted by the Board or under any deed of 1[waqf], every Executive Officer and every person holding any office in a 2[waqf] shall also be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
1. Subs. by s. 4, ibid., for "wakf" (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
2. Subs. by s. 52, ibid., for "after consulting the State Governments" (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).
Title: Special provision for reorganisation of certain Boards
(1) Where on account of the reorganisation of States under any law providing reorganisation of States, the whole or any part of a State in respect of which a Board was, immediately before the day of such reorganisation, functioning has been transferred on that day to another State and by reason of such transfer, it appears to the Government of a State in any part of which the Board is functioning that the Board should be dissolved or that it should be reconstituted as an Intra-State Board for the whole or any part of that State, the State Government may frame a scheme or such dissolution or such reconstitution, including proposals regarding the transfer of the assets, rights and liabilities of the Board to any other Board or State Government and the transfer or re-employment of employees of the Board and forward the scheme to the Central Government.
(2) On receipt of a scheme forwarded to it under sub-section (1), the Central Government may, 1[after consulting the Council and the State Governments] concerned, approve the scheme with or without modifications and give effect to the scheme so approved by making such order as it thinks fit.
(3) An order under sub-section (2) may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:--
(a) the dissolution of the Board;
(b) the reconstitution in any manner whatsoever of the Board including the establishment, where necessary, of a new Board;
(c) the area in respect of which the reconstituted Board or new Board shall function and operate;
(d) the transfer, in whole or in part, of the assets, rights and liabilities of the Board (including the rights and liabilities under any contract made by it) to any other Board or State Government and the terms and conditions of such transfer;
(e) the substitution of any such transferee, for the Board, or the addition of any such transferee, as a party to any legal proceeding to which the Board is a party; and the transfer of any proceeding pending before the Board to any such transferee;
(f) the transfer or re-employment of any employee of the Board to or by, any such transferee and subject to the provisions of law providing for the reorganisation of the concerned State, the terms and conditions of service applicable to such employees after such transfer or re-employment; and
(g) such incidental, consequential and supplemental matters as may be necessary to give effect to the approved scheme.
(4) Where an order is made under this section transferring the assets, rights and liabilities of the Board, then, by virtue of that order, such assets, rights and liabilities of the Board shall vest in, and be the assets, rights and liabilities of, the transferee.
(5) Every order made under this section shall be published in the Official Gazette.
(6) Every order made under this section shall be laid before each House of Parliament, as soon as may be, after it is made.
1. Ins. by s. 54, ibid. (w.e.f. 1-11-2013).