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High drama outside Lokayukta office

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Supporters of Anwar Manippady and Rahman Khan stop short of coming to blows

Karnataka State Minorities Commission chairman Anwar Manippady along with his supporters on the Lokayukta premises in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.
Karnataka State Minorities Commission chairman Anwar Manippady along with his supporters on the Lokayukta premises in Bangalore on Friday.— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Dramatic scenes were witnessed on Friday at the entrance to Multi-Storeyed Building on Ambedkar Veedhi, where the head office of the Karnataka Lokayukta is located.

Supporters of Anwar Manippady, chairman, Karnataka State Minorities Commission, and K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority Affairs, almost came to blows as both the groups lodged complaints against the leader of the other group.

Mr. Manippady lodged a complaint with the Upa Lokayukta on behalf of the commission, in which he alleged that Mr. Khan and his “accomplices” misappropriated Rs. 3,500 crore of public money in the decade-old scam involving the Amanath Cooperative Bank. Mr. Khan alone is alleged to have misappropriated funds up to Rs. 300 crore during his tenure as the president of the bank.

Supporters of Mr. Khan filed a separate complaint before the same authority in which they claimed that Mr. Manippady and his secretary misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs. 150 crore and fabricated documents of a property owned by the Wakf Board in Yelahanka.

“We have lodged a counter complaint against Mr. Manippady and his secretary, Atiq Ahmed, for fabricating documents pertaining to Wakf land in Yelahanka for their own use,” said complainant Obaidullah Sharief, who is the president of the Hazrath Manick Shah Dargah on Avenue Road.

In his complaint, Mr. Manippady claimed that the commission received a complaint on November 6 that there had been misuse of funds amounting to Rs. 3,500 crore by the ex-presidents of the Amanath Bank .

The Commission, under Section 8 (2) and Section 10 of Karnataka State Minorities Commission Act of 1994, “conducted a study and found that, though the misappropriation of funds was clearly established, no action was taken so far against the culprits by the Cooperation Department and the police and also the concerned authorities of the Reserve Bank of India”.

The commission claimed that after an inquiry, it was found that the balance sheet of the bank in 2008 showed that there was a misappropriation of over Rs. 3,500 crore by ‘benami’ sanctions to firms owned by relatives of ex-presidents and ex-directors of the board. The commission has listed Jyothiprakash Mirji, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore city; G.V. Krishna Rao, Principal Secretary, Co-operation; S.G. Hegde, Registrar of Co-operative Societies; Karibasappa, Director of Co-operative Audit in Karnataka; Uma Shankar Regional Officer (RBI); Abdul Sattar, Circle Inspector, Commercial Street Police Station; and Asadullah Khan, Chief Executive officer, Amanath Co-operative Bank as the other accused.

As both groups were emerging from the office of the Lokayukta, they started hurling abuses at each other. They accused the other of bringing a bad name to the Muslim community. Mr. Khan’s supporters accused Mr. Manippady’s supporters of being “traitors” and “agents of the RSS”. Mr. Manippady’s supporters on the other hand accused Mr. Khan’s supporters of looting poor Muslims and enriching themselves in the process. The two sides stopped short of blows when the police intervened.

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