Encroachment of properties, Panel to probe Wakf land

The State Government has constituted a five-member panel to probe the complaints of the encroachment of WAKF properties in the state.

The panel headed by Subir Hari Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, and Development Commissioner. Other members include secretaries to the Departments of Revenue, Labour, Law, and Minorities Welfare.

The panel was formed has formed following a report on the Wakf Board land by the Karnataka State Minorities Commission to Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda last March.

The report had made serious observations and estimated losses at Rs. two lakh crore. The report had indicted several senior Congress leaders. MJ. Ali, General Secretar}r Karnataka Wakf Protection Joint Action Committee, has welcomed the decision and expressed his willingness to support the panel in the process of investigation.

A. Alam Pasha, an industrialist Who filed the case against the Murugesh Nirani, Minister for Heavy Industries, says he does not expect the government to act. a�?A people’s movement is needed to save WAKF land. The Community should be educated on the issue, and a mass movement launched,a�? Mr. Pasha added.

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