The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) against a February 7 order of the Ministry of Minority Affairs, “accepting a proposal” by the Central Waqf Council (CWC) to dissolve the MaulanaAzad Education Foundation (MAEF). During the pendency of the PIL, the court took note of a March 7 ‘Minutes of the Meeting’ of the MAEF’s General Body, wherein a “unanimous decision” to dissolve the Foundation was taken. Thereafter, an application for carrying out an amendment to the PIL was filed by the petitioners — Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed, John Dayal and Daya Singh — seeking quashing of the March 7 resolution. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Mini Pushkarna observed that the Body’s decision to dissolve the foundation is a “well considered decision” taken in terms of the “authority vested in it”, under MAEF’s byelaws and as per the Societies Registration Act provisions. “This court is not impressed by various submissions advanced on behalf of the petitioners with respect to dissolution of MAEF not being in conformity with the Act, 1860, or with regard to transfer of its funds… This court finds no impropriety or irregularity in the process adopted by the said.

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