Five-member panel to probe Wakf scam

Five-member panel to probe Wakf scam

The State government has constituted a five-member panel to inquire into complaints of encroachments of Wakf properties across the State.

The panel, headed by Subir Hari Singh, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner, has been constituted following a report on the diversion of Wakf Board land submitted by Karnataka State Minorities Commission to Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda in March this year.

The report estimated losses at Rs two lakh crore due to the misuse of Wakf land. The report had created a political furore as it had indicted several senior Congress leaders, including former state ministers and MPs.

“The report had made serious observations regarding encroachment of Wakf properties across the State. The high-level panel will conduct a thorough probe on the observations made in the report submitted by the Karnataka State Minorities Commission and related matters pertaining to preservation and development of Wakf properties in the State,” states an official press release from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

The panel, which includes secretaries to the departments of Revenue, Labour, Law and Minorities Welfare, has been given four months’ to submit its report.

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