In a major blow to the present HD Kumaraswamy dispensation in Karnataka, the High Court has ordered it to table the Anwar Manippady report in both the houses during the upcoming legislative session. The Court also dismissed the review petition filed by the government pertaining to the case. Earlier, the government objected to placing the report in both the houses and sought time.
Karnataka High Court observed: “In the circumstances, although we may ignore the delay of 180 days in filing this review petition, we find no merit in the review petition. The review petition is dismissed. However, since the time mentioned in the order for placing the ‘Special Report’ before the state legislature has lapsed, the petitioners to place the Special Report before the state legislature in its very next session or in one of the sessions to be held in the year 2019”.
The then chairman of Minorities Commission Anwar Manipaddy submitted a report on alleged embezzlement of Wakf properties in Karnataka in 2012. On the recent developments involving his report, he said, “ My report was challenged and denied by the Congress government. There was a public litigation which was ruled by the High Court of Karnataka. The Court has said that report given by the minority community chairman has to be tabled in the legislature, but the government did not do it. Various petitions filed by the government has been dismissed. Now the government which is being run by JD(S) and Congress has no legal options left to avoid my report. If they file this report, their leaders will get exposed. Around 10 to 15 of them will go behind the bars. For having looted the Wakf property which belongs to the Muslims, according to the Supreme Court ruling of 1998.”
Sources say that the Karnataka government may move the Supreme Court against the High Court order. Manipaddy’s legal counsel is meanwhile expected to file a caveat in the Supreme Court. The BJP is likely to raise the issue in the ongoing legislature session in Belagavi district of Karnataka.