Wajahat Habibullah

  • Mumbai: Ad on a property portal upsets Muslims, National Minorities Commission to examine it November 8, 2013

    There was an outrage over a Mumbai broker's ad on a leading property portal about selling a flat which said Muslims were not welcome. After the matter came to light the National commission for minorities Chairman has promised to examine the issue. ...
  • Communal tension on the rise across India: National Minorities Commission chief September 19, 2013

    Muzaffarnagar: Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Wajahat Habibullah has said that communal tensions are on the rise across India. He was at Muzaffarnagar on a visit after the riots in the area claimed 48 lives. When asked if the National Commission of Minorities has let down the Muslims in...
  • Wajahat Habibullah to visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar today September 19, 2013

    Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Wajahat Habibullah will visit the strife-torn areas of Muzaffarnagar on September 19, officials said. He will be accompanied by other members of the commission to look into the condition of the area. The alleged communal violence which took place in the area killed atleast...
  • Govt should have approached HC instead of clearing proposal to amend RTI act: Ex-CIC August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to amend the RTI act to keep political parties out of its ambit. ...
  • 2006 Malegaon blasts: Minorities panel slams CBI May 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities on Thursday slammed the CBI for putting "innocents in jail over serious crimes as terror acts". NCM chief Wajahat Habibullah called it dangerous and said that the police and investigating agencies should take utmost care while dealing with such cases. Habibullah's remarks came in...
  • Minorities body slams Gogoi for remarks on Muslims September 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), Wajahat Habibullah on Sunday took on Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his remarks against Muslims in the state in an interview. Gogoi, in an interview to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, blamed illiteracy amongst Muslims for their population growth. Saying...
  • SpiceJet insulted me for being Muslim: Ex-armyman July 19, 2012

    New Delhi: A former Major-rank officer has alleged that he was discriminated against and harassed by the staff of SpiceJet because of his being a Muslim, a charge denied by the airline which said a "religious colour" was being given to an incident. Major Mohammad Ali Shah, who served in...
  • Mecca Masjid: Rs 70 lakh for wrongful arrest December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh government has ordered the release of Rs 70 lakh for those wrongly accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. Fifty youngsters who were detained, questioned and later let off will get Rs 20,000 each as compensation. While 20 people who were chargesheeted and later acquitted, will...
  • Kashmir alienation too deep: Habibullah September 9, 2011

    New Delhi: A placid summer and a peaceful Ramzan should have been the endgame of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir but the sense of "alienation is too deep", says former bureaucrat and now author Wajahat Habibullah, advocating creative policies from the central and state governments. As the alienation of people in...
  • Activist seeks info from CBI, gets threats instead July 18, 2010

    New Delhi: Just a day after a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Mumbai was beaten up for filing a case against Pubic Works Department officials, another activist alleges harassment, this time by the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's premier investigation agency. Manish Bhatnagar, an RTI activist, had sought information...
  • Forbes India: Politicians benefit from RTI, says ex-CIC December 3, 2009

    Wajahat Habibullah, who resigned as Chief Information Commissioner, tells Forbes India that bureaucrats are slowly becoming more transparent. Name: Wajahat Habibullah Title: Chief Information Commissioner of the Indian government (resigned in October 2009) Age: 65 Career: Deputy Commissioner Poonch and Srinagar J&K 1973-77, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir 1990-91 & 93, Minister, Community Affairs and Education,...
  • Right to Info Act covers judiciary too: Habibullah May 16, 2008

    New Delhi: The Right to Information Act (RTI) is applicable to the judiciary, Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah has said. Habibullah’s statement is important, as the Chief Justice of India, K G Balakrishnan, recently said that it was “debatable” whether the judiciary came under the purview of the RTI Act. Before...
  • Devil's Advocate: Habibullah October 8, 2006

    Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil’s Advocate. The Right to Information (RTI) Act is all set to mark its first anniversary. How effectively is it functioning? That’s the key issue I should raise today in an exclusive interview with Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah. Mr Habibullah, let’s talk about the...