Wakf property report politically motivated: Karnataka government

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Wakf minister Qamar Ul Islam

BANGALORE: Wakf minister Qamar Ul Islam has maintained that Karnataka State Minorities Commission former Chairman Anwar Manippady’s report on encroachment of Wakf properties in the state was prepared with ulterior motive.

“The report was prepared with political vengeance. However, I will not use this office to settle political vengeance against anyone,” Islam told reporters after review the department on Thursday.

The minister said question of whether government should accept or reject the report would be done after examining the report. “Government will take appropriate decision,” he said.

A report by minority commission in Karnataka reveals alleged misuse of innumerable property and encroachment of Wakf land. The report alleges involvement of nearly 40 people, including many former ministers, MLAs, Wakf officials, encroachers and middle men in the scam. Politicians named in the report include Islam, former minister CM Ibrahim, MLA and former minister R Roshan Baig, MLA NA Harris and others.

According to the report huge malls, apartments, shops and houses have been constructed on wakf property. Islam said he is yet to see the report.

Islam who also holds municipal administration portfolio said the government has released grant of Rs 40 crore to mitigate drinking water problems in urban local bodies. He said the grants will be utilized for deepening and cleaning of existing borewells and to dig new borewells if necessary. “The funds have been utilized in accordance with exiting guidelines,” the minister said.

Government will soon issue the guidelines to bring 50% reservation to the women in the urban local bodies to the posts of president and vice-president.

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