State in Article 12 includes Wakf Board: Supreme Court

SC has allowed an appeal of the Andhra Pradesh (AP) State Government, challenging the order of AP High Court (HC) dismissing the writ petition of State Government filed in AP HC, seeking quashing of a notification issued by the Wakf Board in 2006 declaring a land parcel as Wakf property.

In the order challenged before Hon’ble SC, AP HC had held that disputes relating to Wakf property can only be adjudicated by Wakf Tribunal and, therefore, writ jurisdiction is not applicable. Hon’ble SC has reversed the ruling of AP HC and held that Wakf Board is ‘State’ under Article 12 of the Constitution and a writ against such notification is maintainable.