Bengaluru: Karnataka High Court has cancelled the membership of Khalid Ahmed of the Karnataka Waqf Board after it came to light that he was appointed a member on the fake claim of being a member of the Al-Noori Education Trust, Kolar Gold Fields. The High Court acted on writ petition no. 48669 of 2014 filed by M. J. Ali, Secretary of the Waqf Protection Committee. The Trust provided evidence of his name not being found in the list of trustees of the said Trust and prayed that his membership be cancelled.
It is to be recalled that Khalid Ahmed was also removed even from the chairmanship of the Karnataka Board of Awqaf in 2001 after the High Court had cancelled his membership following proof emerging that he had sought nomination for the election for the post on a false claim of being a member of the Kallerawan Charitable Trust, Kalburgi. By the time he was removed, he had put in three years of tenure as the Chairman of the Waqf Board.
The removal of Khalid twice calls for a relook at the Waqf Act and incorporation of safeguards against nomination for the election on the basis of dubious claims of being members of some Trusts or endowments.