A land scandal in Rampur has now snowballed into a major controversy between urban development minister Mohd Azam Khan, and Congress MLA from Swartanda Nawab Kazim Ali Khan.
Kazim Ali has alleged that the Rampur administration had planned “fake auction” of 13.842 hectares of land, which was registered as enemy property with the Mumbai-based custodian. He said the land was with in the premises of Azam Khan’s Jauhar University campus. The enemy property with the custodian is registered in the name of Imamuddin Quereshi of Pakistan.
In a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress MLA, who is at loggerheads with Khan in Rampur, said that the minister had grabbed the land and now the district administration had hatched a conspiracy for “fake auction” in favour of the minister. The joint secretary in PMO BVR Subramaniam has confirmed the receipt of the letter.
Kazim Ali Khan, in a communication to the district administration, has also sought permission to join the auction which the administration said would be “open”.
“I am ready to pay more than Azam Khan for the land to set up a public welfare project on it”, Kazim Ali said and added that he would move the court if the district administration denied him permission for joining the auction.
The Rampur DM NKS Chauhan had written to custodian on June 3, 2013 about the auction of the land. Kazim’s move is thus aimed at scuttling auction, as without the permission custodian - a central government agency - the district administration cannot do it.
Azam Khan, however, strongly refuted the allegations, saying that doors of the court were open and the complainant could move against him. He has also refuted the allegations of Rampur businessman Faisal Khan, who had moved an application with the DGP today seeking protection from the minister and his supporters.
According to information received, the tussle between Azam Khan and Kazim Ali began after installation of the Samajwadi Party government in 2012. It all started with Shia central Waqf Board moving against Kazim Ali in connection with the multi-crore Hussaini Sarai waqf property in Rampur, under control of the royal family.
Azam Khan, who is also minister for waqf and minorities affairs, had accused the royal family of illegally disposing off Shia Waqf property.