Sold: 10 acres of Wakf land in Karnataka for just Rs60 lakh
Wakf properties in Karnataka seem to be easy pickings. There is no dearth of complaints of Wakf properties being allegedly usurped by politicians and influential people.
Wakf properties in the state seem to be easy pickings. There is no dearth of complaints of Wakf properties being allegedly usurped by politicians and influential people.
The latest Wakf property to land in controversy is more than 10 acres of Wakf land at Vaderapura village in Yelahanka hobli, which was sold off for just `62,50,000. The allegation is that the buyers — MLA NA Harris’ mother Suraiya Mohammed and wife Tahera — bought the land knowing fully that the land belongs to Wakf property.
Suraiya bought 12 guntas of land, bearing survey no. 11, and 5 acres and 31 guntas of land, bearing survey no. 13, for `30,75,000, while wife Tahira bought 5 acres 31 guntas of land, bearing survey no.13 for `30,00,000. Interestingly, both the sale deeds were executed on the same day – November 22, 2006.
According to MJ Ali, president, Karnataka Muslim Sangharsha Samithi, MLA Harris had bought 4 acres and 14 guntas of Wakf property, survey no. 15, through his agent Gayazulla Shariff for `32,50,000. The sale deed was executed on November 28, 2005.
“The property was notified Wakf vide Gazette Notification No. MBW 19(1) 64, dated June 7, 1965 and that being the position, no private individual is entitled to purchase Wakf property without the prior sanction/approval of the Board under Section 51 of the Wakf Act 1995,” said Ali.
He said that it was well within the knowledge of purchasers — Suraiya and Tahera — and MLA of Shantinagar constituency that the property belonged to the Wakf Board. He said it was also within their knowledge that the property was a notified Wakf property and they were fully aware of all the proceedings that were going on with respect of other properties of the Musafir Khana.
“I have submitted a memorandum to the chief executive officer, Karnataka State Board of Wakfs on May 24, 2012, requesting him to initiate proceedings under Section 52 of Wakf Board Act, 1995, and recover the Wakf property in question since it was alienated in contravention of the Section 51 of the Wakf Act, 1995,” he said.
Expressing happiness over the Karnataka State Board of Wakfs sending notices to Tahira (Case No. KSBW/enq/380 BNU/2012 dated 28-7-2012), Suraiya Mohammed (Case No. KSBW/enq/376 BNU/2012, dated: 28-7-2012) and Gayazulla Sharif (Case No. KSBW/enq/377 BNU/2012, dated 19-7-2012), he said that wanted the authorities concerned to recover the land as early as possible.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Adur, chief executive officer, Karnataka State Board of Wakfs, said he was not aware of the memorandum submitted by the Karnataka Muslim Sangharsha Samiti on May 24, 2012, as he had assumed office in December, 2012.
“I will initiate proceedings as per the law to recover the land if the sale deed is found illegal,’’ said Adur.
However, MLA Harris made it clear that there was nothing wrong in the Vaderapura land deal. “I have demanded for a CBI probe in assembly wit regard to the land purchased by my mother and wife. We have not encroached any property but paid money and bought the land,’’ said Harris. But the million dollar question is, can any one buy 10 acres of land, that is worth crores, for just Rs 60 lakh?