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UPA's new minister alleged to be involved in a scam

UPA's new minister alleged to be involved in a scam

K Rahman Khan, 73, is alleged to have been involved in the Rs 2 lakh crore Karnataka Wakf Board scam.

New Delhi: The new Minority Affairs Ministry, K Rahman Khan, could prove to be a big embarrassment for the Manmohan Singh-led government as he is alleged to have been involved in the Karnataka Wakf Board scam. The 73-year-old Karnataka leader, who was sworn in the UPA Cabinet on Sunday, was embroiled in the Rs 2 lakh crore scam in which misuse and encroachment of Wakf properties in the state had caused the loss to the exchequer.

The Karnataka State Minorities Commission, which conducted its study in other districts, also including Gulbarga, Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Ramanagaram and Koppal, had alleged misuse of properties, encroachments, illegal disposal, mismanagement and fraudulent acts committed by erstwhile heads of the Wakf Board, elected representatives, politicians and others.

Khan was also a member of Joint Parliamentary Committee on functioning of Wakf Boards and the one on Securities Scam. The Karnataka leader also became the chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council in 1993 before being elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1995.
first published:October 28, 2012, 15:01 IST