Deshmukh announces committee to probe Wakf irregularities

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Mumbai, Oct 1 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today announced the appointment of a one-man committee to probe the alleged 'irregularities' in allotment of Wakf properties in the state.

''Strict action will be taken against all those found guilty after the probe by the committee, which will be headed by Justice (Retd) A Qazi,'' Deshmukh said while addressing a gathering of Muslims at the 'Iftaar', hosted by the Mumbai Police tonight.

The opposition BJP is demanding a CBI inquiry into the entire issue, alleging 'misuse' of Wakf land by the Congress leaders involving corruption to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore.

Earlier, another one-man Quadri Committee, constituted by the State Government to inquire into the alleged cases of irregularities in the administration of Wakf properties, had found some officers including then chairman of State Wakf Board M A Azeez guilty of embezzlement of Wakf properties and other serious irregularities.

Recommending a thorough probe, the Committee had found irregularities in the sale and other dealings of over 25 wakf properties including madrasas, mosques and dargahs in the state.

UNI

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