Hyderabad: Govt mandates Qazis to work within specified jurisdictions

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Hyderabad: The government of Telangana has mandated that all government Qazis, who are appointed under Section 2 of the Qazi Act, must strictly adhere to the limits specified in their appointment letter. The Collector of Hyderabad was asked to issue instructions to all official Qazis to work within their jurisdictions.

The RDO Hyderabad has ordered all subordinates and Tehsildars of Amberpet, Asif Nagar, Bahadurpura, Bandlaguda, Charminar Golkonda, Himayatnagar, Nampally, and Sayeedabad to issue instructions to the government Qazis in their respective Tehsil boundaries with a copy of the government’s memorandum dated 23 January. The Qazis are expected to perform nikah only in the areas and boundaries mentioned in their appointment letter and adhere to the tax areas listed on the appointment letter.

The government’s move comes after receiving several complaints about some Qazis who have been interfering in the territories of other Qazis by misusing Section 4 of the Qazi Act. The Minority Welfare Department has contacted the government, which has taken this drastic step to address the issue. Secretary, Minority Welfare Department, Ahmad Nadeem has issued a memo, clarifying that the Qazis appointed under Section 2 of the Act must strictly adhere to the scope of their appointment and should not interfere with the boundaries of other Qazis.

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The government has made it clear that the public is free to hire private Qazis, but Qazis appointed under Section 2 should not interfere with the boundaries of other Qazis by resorting to Section 4. The government has warned that any further complaint against them will result in action being taken against them without any notice, and their services will be suspended.

It is worth noting that the government had divided the then seven Qazi Zones and established 32 new Qazi Zones on 20 March 2022. Since the approval of the appointments, the government has appointed new Qazis in 13 Qazi Zones by implementing GO 13.

The Collector of Hyderabad has issued these orders to all official Qazis in the jurisdiction, and it is expected that the Qazis will comply with the government’s mandate. Any Qazi found to be violating the government’s order will face disciplinary action, including suspension of their services.

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