TRS Government keen to protect Wakf properties: Minister

Telangana Government is considering to withdraw a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the undivided Andhra Pradesh administration in the Lanco Hills case involving Wakf Board land outside Hyderabad, Harish Rao, Irrigation and Legislative Affairs Minister, said on Friday.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 28, 2014, 00:40 AM IST

Sangareddy: Telangana Government is considering to withdraw a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the undivided Andhra Pradesh administration in the Lanco Hills case involving Wakf Board land outside Hyderabad, Harish Rao, Irrigation and Legislative Affairs Minister, said on Friday.
He also said the TRS Government is keen on safeguarding Wakf properties across the state and will start a special drive to remove encroachments on them.

The land, on which Lanco Hills realty project is coming up, belongs to the Wakf Board. It is very unfortunate that the erstwhile AP Government, instead of protecting the Wakf land, moved the Supreme Court claiming its ownership, he said.

The TRS Government is considering withdrawing the petition and will ensure that the ownership of land is restored to Wakf Board, the minister said.
Rao was addressing a meeting called to review Wakf properties here in Medak district.

The state government will bring a law to deal with Wakf issues and ensure their properties are utilised for the socio-economic development of Muslims, he added.