Telangana

Five-Acre Waqf Land Worth Rs 100 Crore Sold For Rs 35 Lakh In Telangana

 A five-acre waqf property in Malkajgiri, worth overRs100 crore, was clandestinely “sold away” by a senior Waqf Board official for only Rs 35 lakh. Though the alleged deal took place in May 2017, it came to light on Sunday. Stung by the scam, the Telangana State Waqf Boardhas decided to write to the state government to order a CID inquiry into the deal. The parcel of land, spread over five acres, belongs to Mir Mahmood Pahadi, Attapur. The waqf institution has parcels of land in Attapur and Malkajgiri.MA Mannan Farooqui, who had served as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Waqf Board till recently, issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to a private person, handing over the five-acre land. He allegedly took Rs 25 lakh bribe to issue the NOC. Another Rs10 lakh was given to a middleman in the deal.Waqf Board chairman Mohammad Saleem told TOI that the board meeting would be held on Monday to discuss the scam. “Farooqui did not circulate the important file to the board. It did not come to me either. We grew suspicious when he suddenly went on leave and sought repatriation to his parent organisation, law department. I discreetly held an inquiry and found that the former CEO had issued NOC. The person who got the NOC told me that he had paid Rs 35 lakh bribe.A complaint was lodged at the Abids police station. The board would also request the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to probe the scam. Saleem said he would also write to the chief minister to conduct a CID probe into all NOCs issued since 1956. “Whoever is found guilty will be dealt with as per law. We will not spare anyone,” he said. The NOC was issued on May 26, 2017, declaring the notified waqf property as a non waqf land. The CEO had then contended that the signature on the file was forged.
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