BANGALORE, MAY 29, 2009: The State Government has threatened to supersede the Karnataka State Wakf Board if Chairman Khaleed Ahmed and Chief Executive Officer M.A. Khaleed failed to give satisfactory replies to the Government for show-cause notices issued to them with regard to illegal sale of wakf property.
Addressing presspersons here, Minister for Haj, Wakf and Minorities Welfare Mumtaz Ali Khan on Thursday said the Corps of Detectives (CoD) in its report submitted to the Government in 2007 alleged Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Khaleed for illegally selling 2.3 acres near Lalbagh in the city to a private firm for just Rs. 1 crore though the market value for he property is above Rs. 20 crore.
He said show-cause notices had been issued to officials seeking explanation from them asking why the government should not take stringent action against them for looting the wakf properties. Officials have been asked to give replies before May 30.
He said a Tippu Sultan Park would be established at Devanahalli at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh while the Tippu port at Nandi Hills would be renovated at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.
A Tippu Sultan Memorial Urdu Hall would be built on one acre in the city (near Double Road), he said.
SC verdict on release of Binayak Sen hailed
BANGALORE: Members of the Campaign for the Release of Binayak Sen, here, have welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court to grant bail to the human rights activist who had been arrested and detained for over two years by the Chhattisgarh Government.
In a press statement here on Thursday, they said that Dr. Sen’s arrested because of his efforts in exposing the Government’s human rights abuses, particularly violations by the State-sponsored Salwa Judum.
Mr Siddharth Narrain, a member of the campaign, has stated that the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act has been used against several others, including the recent instance where 17-year-old Vanvasi Chethana Ashram (VCA) in Dantewada, run by Gandhian Himanshu Kumar, was demolished.
Himanshu Kumar had exposed the fake encounter of 12 adivasis from the Singara Salwa Judum relief camp on March 30, 2009.
Drawing similar incidents in other states, Mr. Narrain said in Karnataka, the Government was planning to promulgate an ordinance making the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) more stringent and powerful tool to the police.
Many leaders of adivasis in Chikmagalur district were illegally arrested for raising their voice against the State Government’s policies leading to displacement of adivasis in the district, he said.