Upalokayukta report on wakf properties to be tabled in Legislative Assembly

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that Karnataka Upalokayukta’s report on wakf property encroachment will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.

Responding to a notice of appeal by BJP MP Raghupathi Bhat who demanded action based on then-State Minority Commission Chairman Anwar Manippady’s report on wakf property encroachment, the minister chief noted that the Upalokayukta had also looked into the matter. He said the government would take a call on how to proceed with the Upalokayukta report.

Heated debate over the delay

Meanwhile, in the Legislative Council, more than an hour’s work was lost on Wednesday morning when the House witnessed chaos over the government’s delay in placing the Manippady committee’s report on wakf properties, and later by refusal to answer a question posed by the Member, resulting in an adjournment.

Interestingly, ruling BJP members staged vehement protests against the Manippady committee’s report not being tabled even after two years, and members shouted slogans. The loud demand came from the Treasury benches even as members settled into their seats. BJP Chief Whip Mr Narayan Swamy said there was a 2 lakh crore scam in wakf properties even as President Raghunath Rao Malkapure tried to kick off Question Time.

While after much effort the proceedings began, the din returned to the House as soon as Congressman Saleem Ahmed protested after Revenue Minister R. Ashok requested more time to answer a question on land allocation, land conversion, income certificate, pension, birth and death. . A miffed Mr. Ahmed, some of whose questions went unanswered during the session, entered the well in protest and other members of Congress also joined him.

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