Hyderabad: The State Waqf Tribunal (SWT) on Friday posted the Hinduja National Power Corporation Ltd case for March 4, wherein the respondent MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi has been asked to file his counter.
The SWT had passed an ex-parte order on December 13, 2010, declaring the sale of waqf land belonging to Hazrath Syed Ali Ishaq Madani Auliya in Visakhapatnam admeasuring 1122 to HNPCL void. The verdict was on a petition filed by Owaisi who claimed that the State Waqf Board, the caretaker of the property, had no legal right to sell the land. Owaisi in his petition (No 162/2009) had sought cancellation of the sale.
Acting on the basis of a TOI report on the verdict, the HNPCL approached the tribunal on January 11, claiming that since the notices sent by it were addressed to the wrong person and address, they could not be treated as served. The corporation said that as it has a good case, the ex-parte order of December 13 should be set aside, failing which the petitioner would suffer irreparable loss.
The tribunal admitted the vakalathnama of Syed Abdul Ghaffar, advocate of the plaintiff, on Friday and posted the hearing for Friday next.
It is learnt that a similar case was filed in the high court in 2008 against the power corporation.
The selling of Hazrath Madani Auliya wakf land began in the mid-90s. The board, besides selling 1122 acres to Hindujas, is also said to have given considerable chunk to the National Thermal Power Plant Corporation. The total waqf land of the dargah is 5,000 acres.