Mumbai: The Maharashtra State Waqf Board has issued an eviction notice to Videocon Industries, which, the board says, has been using its 21.23 acre Aurangabad land to run its industrial unit.
The Waqf ’s land has been leased out to several private companies and it plans to take it back from those not paying rent as per the agreement.
“Videocon has been using this land, worth Rs 27 crore, for its factory and an eviction notice under sections of the Waqf Act, 1995, has been issued. It (Videocon) has to vacate the land by February 15,” said Naseem Khan, minister for Awqaf, minorities affairs and textiles.
Waqf board CEO Sayyed Ejaz Hussain said the company had entered into a lease agreement in 1990 for 99 years. “The firm was to pay Rs 2,000 as lease annually. However, since 2005 they have not paid any lease. Moreover, there’s been no reply to our notice to them. As per the agreement, if the conditions are flouted, we may terminate the tenancy rights of the firm,” said Hussain.
The land is located at Chittegaon, Paithan Road, in Aurangabad. Khan said notices will be issued to all those not abiding by the Waqf board’s rules.
Sources said Videocon also has an outstanding Rs 1.32 crore due to the board.
But Videocon chairman Venugopal Dhoot dismissed Waqf claims. “We are not using any Waqf land in Aurangabad,” he told TOI.
The Times of India, February 15, 2014