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The Bombay High Court issued a notice to the Wakf board to clarify its stand on the land concerning the Mumbai residence of Mukesh Ambani’s house Antilia stands. The land, on which Antilla is built over, belonged to Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Orphanage Trust which was meant to help orphaned Muslim children. Later in 2005, this land was purchased by Muffin-Antilia Commercial Private Limited, a company owned by Ambani.

Around 66 other litigations were filed for the same case:

Abdul Mateen, a school teacher and also a part time journalist with an Urdu newspaper, had read about the sale of property in newspapers and had filed a petition in 2007 along with 65 other petitions on the same issue. However, he managed to convince the court that due to the mismanagement of Wakf board that lead to the aberrant sale of all the properties. While advocate Milind Sathe, representing Ambani’s company, said that the issue raised is being deliberated upon by Supreme Court also.

Further, Sathe said that Currimbhoy Ebrahim Khoja Orphanage Trust is a secular trust and same was registered with the charity commissioner. Hence it did not come under the review of the wakf board and so only permission of charity commissioner was taken.

However, Chaudhri alleged that once the enactment of Wakf act came into exitance, all properties belonging to any agency was deemed to be under Wakf board. The division bench considering the same and asked the Wakf board to clarify its stand and also notify the issues which are being looked at by the Supreme Court.

Another petition was dismissed which alleged that property was transferred at 10% of the market value:

The High Court dismissed another petition last year which alleged that Wakf had transferred the property to Antilia Commercial Private Limited at 10% of market value. The petitioner was ordered to pay Rs 10,000. That petitioner stated that the orphanage came into existence in June 1996 and was registered in November 1952 under the Bombay Public Trust Act. The property was provided to impart education to orphans.

Source & Photo Credit: TH, TMB  & IT

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