Wakf minister lands in trouble

Published: 08th June 2013 11:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2013 11:10 AM   |  A+A-

Close on heels of allegations of grabbing Wakf land, a private complaint has been filed against Minister for Minority Welfare Haj and Wakf Qamar-Ul Islam before the Lokayukta special court. The complainant Tabrez Pasha of Kolar has accused the Minister of grabbing eight acres and 34 guntas of Wakf land in Gulbarga.

According to the complaint, Qamar-Ul Islam not only grabbed the property but kept misusing his office as both a member of Wakf Board and Gulbarga Mahanagara Palike. The land at survey no 12 in Badepur village on RPC Road in Gulbarga was granted to Khawaja Bande Nawaz Sharief Dargah through the Wakf Board in 1974. Four years later, Qamar-Ul Islam allegedly requested for a grant of the same land. The land was illegally granted in his favour, while the Wakf Board challenged it before the High Court.

“When the matter was pending before the High Court, Qamar-Ul Islam became the Waqf Board member during 1987-88. The Wakf Board passed a resolution to withdraw the writ petition before the High Court. Later, the GMP acquired the land to develop a park. Subsequently, Qamar-Ul Islam became a Palike member and managed to pass another resolution to withdraw the acquisition,” alleged the counsel for the complainant.

Later, Qamar-Ul Islam filed an application before the tahsildar to alienate the land and sold the sites in his brother’s name. The complainant stated that former Wakf Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan and IAS officer Rajneesh Goel and the Minority Commission also recommended action against Qamar-Ul Islam.

The Lokayukta special court judge N K Sudhindra Rao posted the hearing to July 18. 

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