"The chief minister recommended a CBI probe into alleged scam worth crores in Shia and Sunni waqf boards," Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza told Press Trust of India in Lucknow.
Mr Raza said scam worth crores has come to the fore in a probe by the Waqf Council of India.
The chief minister has also given orders to dissolve both state Shia and Sunni waqf boards.
The process to dissolve the two boards has been started after taking into account all legal aspects, the minister said.
There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties.
The role of the chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi, as well as the minister for waqf in the previous Samajwadi Party government, Azam Khan, had come under scanner after the inquiry by the Waqf Council of India.
Barely a fortnight after the Samajwadi Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the state Assembly polls, a report by the fact-finding committee of the Central Waqf Council (CWC) indicted Mr Khan -- one of the controversial ministers in the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government -- of corruption, mismanagement and misuse of office.
Mr Raza had recently handed over separate reports of the Waqf Council with regard to the two boards to the Chief Minister.
The committee in its report elaborated on how Mr Khan as minister allegedly misused his position to grab properties under the boards.
It said Mr Khan made a trust -- Maulana Johar Ali Education Trust -- and diverted funds from waqf properties to it.
The report pointed out discrepancies in maintaining rent collection records on Waqf properties.
It recommended that the Uttar Pradesh Waqf Board be dissolved immediately and all accused officials be barred from entering waqf offices pending investigation.
Mr Khan has, however, maintained that he was absolutely clean and the allegations against him were baseless.
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