A report on the alleged scam of more than Rs 2 lakh crore involving Wakf Board property rocked the Karnataka assembly on Tuesday as the opposition demanded a thorough probe and punishment to those found guilty.
According to the state minorities commission report submitted to chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Monday, many powerful politicians and board members had misappropriated 50% of the Wakf Board’s property, assessed at R4 lakh crore.
Wakf properties have been encroached upon or converted to commercial property and sold to realtors illegally, the report said. Though the names are not out yet, certain media reports claimed that several Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) leaders have been implicated in the scam.
The matter was raised during Zero Hour by CT Ravi (BJP) and HD Revanna (JDS), who termed it as a serious issue and demanded “action without hesitation” if there was truth in it.
Gowda said the government was studying the report and would table the report in both the houses soon.
Opposition leader Siddaramaiah requested the government not to allow “character assassination of politicians” and demanded details on how the commission conducted the investigation.
Congress leaders NA Harris and UT Khader said if the report was found “wrong”, the commission’s chairman, Anwar Manippady, should be punished.
The Wakf board is the “richest organisation” in the state and has more than 54,000 acres of registered property.
The panel was constituted by the government 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 the individuals.