Wakf properties: Maha govt sitting on probe report

  • Surendra Gangan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jul 04, 2013 11:40 IST

The state government has been sitting on the report submitted by the commission of inquiry appointed to probe alleged irregularities related to the hundreds of properties across the state.

Even after the commission submitted its report in April 2011, the government failed to take action and table the actiontaken report in the legislature.

The state government had constituted the Wakf Commission of Inquiry headed by retired district judge ATAK Shaikh in October 2007, after an uproar in the state legislature over the alleged irregularities involving 92,000 acres of Wakf land across the state.

The illegal transfer and sale and mismanagement of the Wakf properties were alleged by politicians from both the ruling and opposition benches.

According to the terms of reference for the commission, it was expected to inquire into the legal and illegal transfer and sale of the properties and conduct a survey of the properties to identify the status and fix responsibility for irregularities.

After the commission submitted its interim report on the illegal transfers and sale and irregularities committed by the custodians of the properties in April 2011, the commission was denied further extension.

The commission had requested the government for a workforce to conduct surveys and to find out the legal status and suggest ways to restore them.

“Not only that, even further investigation has been scuttled. It is strange that the report of the commission appointed under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952 has not been brought before the state legislature.

As per my knowledge the interim report submitted has many explosive revelations and perhaps that is the reason the report being put in cold storage,” said a politician who was instrumental in bringing the irregularities to the fore.

 

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