Revenue Dept sold Wakf land illegally: Official

Revenue Dept sold Wakf land illegally: Official

Srinagar: Chairman Wakf Board Sunday blamed Revenue Department officials of illegally approving sale of land worth several crore rupees belonging to the government-managed Muslim endowment at Barthana n the capital city
“Revenue officials can do it, and I am saying they have done it. No Wakf official is involved in such act,” Peer Mohammad Hussain, Vice Chairman of Wakf Board told Kashmir Reader.
Hussaid held un-named revenue officials responsible for selling the land without the Board’s authorisation and blamed Revenue Department for the “multi-crore land scam” .
Hussain said that there was “no chance” of any Wakf official’s involvement in approving the sale of the Barthana land to anyone, a matter under investigation.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Srinagar, Qazi Sarwar said if any revenue official is guilty of approving the land sale illegally he will be produced before court of law.
“My office has informed Wakf Board regarding the scam four months ago, but no response has been obtained from their end, so nothing can be concluded at this time,” Qazi Sarwar said, adding that if the courts find any revenue official guilty stringent action “will be taken.”
Sarwar assured that if any revenue official is involved in such act, stringent action will be taken. It will be decided in a court of law, who is guilty of approving land.
Sarwar also clarified that the land is not under Custodian Department since 1964, so there was likely other department which approved the rampant construction, and that his office ordered an enquiry vide ADC-R/PS/MISC/15/1913-14/Enq on November 14, 2015.
According to the revenue department officials, there are 182 Kanals of evacuee property land in this area on the outskirts of Srinagar, out of which 67.10 Kanals is farm land. Rest of the land has been illegally occupied for construction, officials confirmed.
Custodian Department confirmed that the said land is no longer under their control as it was taken over by Wakf Board many years ago.
Deputy custodian, Mushtaq Ahmad Baqal said, “the property was taken over by Wakf Board in 1964 and my office is no longer accountable for the construction raised on the property.”
According to locals, Wakf Board have been charging rupees 200 per Kanal of 67.10 Kanals of the farming land for the past years and the rest is sold by Wakf officials, where construction is going on.

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