Bangalore: The Karnataka government has set up a high-level committee to look into encroachment of Wakf properties, Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday. The committee would submit its report in four months time, Gowda said in a release. The government had constituted a panel in November last year following complaints and media reports on the role of politicians and Wakf Board officials in the illegal sale of land to individuals.
The panel had submitted a 7,000-page report to Gowda on March 27 alleging a scam of over Rs two lakh crore involving the Wakf Board land. It reportedly said Wakf property had been misused since 1954, thanks to the "nexus" between Wakf officials and real estate mafia.
Panel chief and Karnataka Minorities Commission Chairman Anwar Manipaddy had recommended to the government to set up a high-power committee to check corrupt activities in the Wakf Board and appoint a task force to retrieve Wakf properties sold illegally to 'some powerful and influential people'.
12:47 PM, May 22, 2012
New Delhi: With a Karnataka government-appointed panel unearthing an alleged scam with regard to Wakf land, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today said it is a state level issue and they would have to take a decision on it. However, if the state government wanted, it could refer the matter to the Union Government, he said. Khurshid said, "This (wakf scam) is actually a state level issue, state level entitlement,...
01:40 PM, Mar 27, 2012
Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed promised to crack the whip on errant Wakf Board members who have been accused of selling land meant for the welfare of Muslims at throwaway prices. Speaking to CNN-IBN on Tuesday, Khursheed said that action would be taken within six weeks against those accused of selling Wakf Board lands. “The Government is not dragging its feet. We have asked the standing committed to...
10:22 AM, Sep 08, 2010
A Minority Affairs Ministry report accessed by CNN-IBN reveals that land belonging to various Wakf boards in India are being misused and even sold at throwaway prices. The report contains nationwide details of prevailing corruption in Wakf boards. It exposes a nexus involving politicians, community leaders and private developers. In Maharashtra's Aurangabad district a 14 acre plot of land belonging to Wakf Board was allegedly sold to...
08:45 PM, Sep 07, 2010