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Draft special law to protect Wakf lands from misuse: BJP legislator

Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:07:25 AM, Special Correspondent

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Mumbai: Alleging that some of the ministers belonging to the Cong-NCP ruling alliance have illegally occupied the lands belonging to the Muslim Wakf, Eknath Khadse, the BJP legislator and opposition leader in the Maharashtra Assembly, on Monday demanded special law for protection of Wakf properties.


"Some of the ministers belonging to the ruling Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have illegal taken the possession of the Wakf proerties and have constructed institution on the occupied land. Time has now come to formulate a special law to protect such lands", he said in the state assembly yesterday.


Suggesting that a law in line with the one formulated for protection of tribal lands is immediately needed, Khadse alleged that the government had failed in protecting the Wakf properties. It in fact gave a Wakf land worth 300 crore rupees to Mukesh Ambani on a throw-away price of just 21 crore.


"A law in line with the one formulated to protect tribal lands is immediately needed for protecting the Wakf lands in Maharashtra", he demanded.


Replying the allegations, Minister of Awkaf and Minority Development Arif Naseem Khan said that strict action would be taken against those who were involved in misusing the Wakf lands.


"We are waiting for the findings of the Qadri Committee. Justice (Rtd.) AT Shaikh who is leading the probe has submitted an interim report. Once the probe is complete, action will be taken against those found guilty of misusing the Wakf lands", he said.


The minister, though said that as many as 450 acres of Wakf land had been cleaned of illegal encroachment, he was totally silent on the Wakf land given to Mukesh Ambani on throw-away price, as alleged by the BJP leader, Eknath Khadse.









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