The Maharashtra government will be filing criminal complaints against private players involved in grabbing Wakf land illegally. In a bid to restore this land to its rightful owners, the government will also enter its own name on these land records to stop further misuse.
After the state government’s announcement that it would table the Wakf commission report in the legislature, the minorities development department has sent the interim report to chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya for further action. The report, along with the action to be taken report, will soon be placed before the cabinet for its final nod. It is now likely to be tabled in the legislature in the last week of the ongoing session.
“The tracts of land belonging to the Wakf board and meant to be utilised only for charity and religious purposes, have been transferred and sold illegally. In many cases the land has also been utilised for purposes other than what it was allotted for. Many Congress and NCP leaders had grabbed the land in the name of their institutions,” a senior minister said.
The minister said the government would file cases against those involved in land grabbing, changing its use, illegal transfer and sale. To restrict them from further exploiting the land commercially, we will enter the government’s name in the records. He said this would restrict the current possessor of the land from further misusing it, and enabling the government to restore it.
Minorities development minister Eknath Khadse had said in the assembly on Thursday that about 70,000 acres of the total land of 1 lakh acres belonging to the Wakf Board had either been encroached upon on transferred/sold illegally.