Minorities panel files plaint against Union minister

The Karnataka State Minorities Commission on Friday filed a complaint against Union Minister for Minority Affairs, K Rehman Khan and others alleging misappropriation of funds in the Amanath Co-Operative Bank.

The supporters of the minister, in turn, filed a complaint against Anwar Manipadi, the chairperson of the Commission, alleging fabrication of documents in respect of Wakf property.

According to the complaint filed by the Commission, Rehman Khan, during his tenure as the president of the Bank has misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 300 crore.
Manipadi, who has filed the complaint on behalf of the Commission has stated that the Commission received a complaint on November 6 this year alleging misuse of funds amounting to Rs 3,500 crore by the past presidents.

A probe by the panel found that though the charges were established, the Co-operation Department, police and the authorities concerned of the Reserve Bank of India had not taken any action.

The Commission has also named Commissioner of Police, Jyothiprakash Mirji; G V Krishna Rao, Principal Secretary of Co-operation Department; S G Hegde, Registrar of Co-operative Societies; Karibasappa, Director of Co-operative Audit in Karnataka; Umashankar, Regional Officer of RBI; Abdul Sattar, Circle Inspector, Commercial Street police station and Asadullah Khan, CEO of Amanath Co-operative Bank as the accused in its complaint.

Counter-complaint

The supporters of Rehman Khan, in their complaint have accused Manipadi and his secretary of misappropriating funds to the tune of Rs 150 crore and fabricating documents pertaining to a Wakf property in Yelahanka.

Obaidullah Sharief, a supporter, said Manipadi was attempting to defame the minister and was vying for a BJP ticket in the forthcoming Assembly elections. However, Manipadi dismissed the accusation saying that he was not batting for anyone.
A verbal duel ensued between the two groups and police had to intervene to defuse the tension.

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