He is a controversial figure who was in news recently for filing a petition in the Supreme Court wherein he targetted Quran
NEW DELHI – Former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board Waseem Rizvi has once again been elected as a member of the Board through mutawalli (caretaker of endowment property) quota on Tuesday.
Rizvi is a controversial figure who was in news recently for filing a petition in the Supreme Court wherein he demanded that certain verses of the holy Quran be deleted. The petition has since been dismissed with the apex court imposing a cost of Rs 50,000 on him.
Rizvi, who had altercation with other members of the community during the election process, got 21 out of 29 votes. When he reached the board’s office for the election process, there were objections from some people. According to Hindi Daily Amar Ujala, he had a heated altercation with another candidate Ashfaque Zia till the police had to intervene.
The Board’s tenure ended around 10 months ago. The government had appointed an administrator. However, after the intervention of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, election was conducted for the new Board. Besides Rizvi, mutawalli of Talkatora Imambara and BJP member Syed Faizi also got elected as a member from mutawalli quota.
Rizvi is the president of the All India Shia Yateem Khana and mutawalli of Karbala Malka Jahan in Lucknow. He faces a number of corruption charges.
He has also earned the wrath of the Muslim community after he moved the Supreme Court to seek removal of some Quranic verses.