Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government received permission from the Allahabad High Court to continue its investigation into alleged fake madrasas. The court affirmed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into multiple madrasas in Azamgarh, citing the authority granted to the state government by the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madrasa Education Act, 2004.
Furthermore, the court ruled that the state has the authority to take swift action in accordance with the law without needing to consult the Madrasa Board in specific circumstances. Justice Kshitij Shailendra, who headed the bench, noted that the state can summon the head of the madrasa or its officials at any given time to provide documents for the purpose of investigation.
The state government established a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate various complaints and allegations related to madrasas. The SIT submitted its report to the committee chaired by the state chief secretary. Subsequently, the madrasahs challenged the investigation carried out by the SIT in court.
In court, the government lawyer informed that investigations were conducted in approximately 313 madrasas, and preliminary findings revealed instances of improper activities and irregularities. The Uttar Pradesh government announced its intention to take measures to shut down madrasas found to be acting against the interests of the country. Additional actions will be taken following the findings of the Special Investigation Team’s report, and the government has chosen to proceed with the planned measures based on the report submitted by the team.