HC Deb 30 November 1931 vol 260 c775W

asked the Secretary of State for India (1) the grounds on which the Government of Bombay have withdrawn the exemption of the Dawoodi Bohra, Community from the operation of the Mussulman Walof Act, 1923, on the report of a committee, without giving that community any sufficient opportunity to rebut the allegations made against them;

(2) whether, in view of the fact that the Bohra Walof Community had been exempted, instructions were issued to the committee appointed by the Bombay Government to report on the administration of the Walof Acts not to deal with that community;

(3) whether, seeing that the withdrawal of the exemption of the Bohra Community from the operation of the Walof Acts has given rise to resentment amongst that community, His Majesty's Government will take action to remove their grievances by the appointment of an independent committee of inquiry or otherwise?


I have no official information regarding the application of the Mussulman Wakf Act to the Dawoodi Bohra Community. As "religious and charitable endowments" is a transferred subject, under the Government of India Act, and therefore dealt with by the Governor acting with his Ministers, I am unable to interfere with their discretion in the manner suggested.

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