4. Preliminary survey of wakfs.
The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint for the State a Survey Commissioner of Wakfs and as many Additional or Assistant Survey Commissioners of Wakfs as may be necessary for the purpose of making a survey of wakfs existing in the State at the date of the commencement of this Act.
All Additional and Assistant Survey Commissioners of Wakfs shall perform their functions under this Act under the general supervision and control of the Survey Commissioner of Wakfs.
The Survey Commissioner shall, after making such inquiry as he may consider necessary, submit his report, in respect of wakfs existing at the date
of the commencement of this Act in the State or any part thereof, to the State Government containing the following particulars, namely:-
the number of wakfs in the State showing the Shia wakfs and Sunni wakfs separately;
the nature and objects of each wakf;
the gross income of the property comprised in each wakf;
the amount of land revenue, cesses, rates and taxes payable in respect of each wakf;
the expenses incurred in the realisation of the income and the pay or other remuneration of the mutawalli of each wakf; and
such other particulars relating to each wakf as may be prescribed.
The Survey Commissioner shall, while making any inquiry, have the same powers as are vested in a civil court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (5 of 1908 .) in respect of the following matters, namely:-
summoning and examining any witness;
requiring the discovery and production of any document;
requisitioning any public record from any court or office;
issuing commissions for the examination of any witness or accounts;
making any local inspection or local investigation;
such other matters as may be prescribed.
If, during any such inquiry, any dispute, arises as to whether a particular wakf is a Shia wakf or Sunni wakf and there are clear indications in the deed of wakf as to its nature, the dispute shall be decided on the basis of such deed.
The State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct the Survey Commissioner to make a second or subsequent survey of wakf properties in the, State and the provisions of sub- sections (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall apply to such survey as' they apply to a survey directed under sub- section (1): Provided that no such second or subsequent survey shall be made until the expiry of a period of twenty years from the date on which the report in relation to the immediately previous survey was submitted under sub- section (3).