CPM – The New Indian Express
Express news service
KASARAGOD: If last week Manjeshwar MLA and IUML leader of Kasaragod MC Kamaruddin were mired in quicksand, this week he might start to sink.
The PMO alleged that around nine mahal committees in Padna, Trikaripur and Valiyaparamba gram panchayats illegally invested in Kamaruddin’s Fashion Gold business. “The investments were made without the authorization of the Kerala State Wakf Board,” said district secretary of the PMO, MV Balakrishnan.
Mahal committees control the assets of the mosques they own, and if mosques are registered with the Wakf board of directors, the assets also belong to the board of directors.
At a press conference on Monday, Balakrishnan alleged that IUML leaders, including Kamaruddin, are abusing their influence as community leaders to raise money for their business.
“With the dismantling of the gold companies, many small investors and Mahal committees are on the verge of losing their money,” said VPP Mustafa, a member of the district secretariat of the PMO and party leader of Trikaripur, the hometown of Kamaruddin.
Mustafa said that the president of Fashion Gold is Kamaruddin and the general manager is TK Pookoya Thangal, who is also the district president of the Sunni Mahal Federation and the president of Trikaripur Muslim Jamaath. “These positions give Pookoya Thangal unchallenged access and influence over the assets of Mahal’s committees,” Mustafa said, adding that he was using this influence to advance his business interests.
Several small investors from coastal villages have also entrusted their gold to the Kamaruddin group.
“Fashion Gold makes a deal with small investors ensuring them monthly dividends and the return on their investment in gold jewelry when they need it,” said one investor who pledged valuable gold of Rs 7 lakh in the group. The investor, who returned from the Gulf after losing his job, said he invested in his daughter’s wedding. “I am not in a position to request the refund due to the presence of Thangal,” he said.
A Thangal is a revered figure in the Muslim community as he is considered a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
Last week it emerged that the Trikaripur Educational and Charitable Trust – run by seven IUML executives, including Kamaruddin – illegally bought two acres and three hundred of Wakf land at Rs 30 lakh when the supposed market price is from Rs 6 crore.
The land in western Trikaripur was managed by Jamia Sadiya Islamia, an organization of the EK faction of Samastha Kerala Jamiat-ul-Ulema – the main Sunni academic body.
Jamia Sadiya Islamia is registered with the Kerala State Wakf Board and was established in 1993 as a home for orphans and the poor.
Interestingly, the president of Jamia Sadiya Islamia is Pookoya Thangal and the land has been illegally transferred to MC Kamaruddin, Mustafa said.
The land includes a 10,000 square foot English middle school on two floors, a 1000 square foot mosque and two other buildings with an asbestos roof.
Kerala State Wakf Board CEO BM Jamal sent a rationale to stakeholders. “The Wakf board should speed up the legal process and take action,” Balakrishnan said.
According to section 52 (A) of the Wakf Law, the sale or purchase of wakf goods without the sanction of the council is a criminal offense and punishable by rigorous imprisonment of up to two years.
The district secretary of the PMO said that the frontline leaders of the IUML in the district are raising funds from small households by promising them an assured dividend and return on investment, and by investing the money in jewelry stores, private colleges and schools and a hospital in Mangaluru. “They must have collected at least 100 crore rupees in cash and gold,” he said.
He said that the Trikaripur Educational and Charitable Trust – which runs the Trikaripur Arts and Science College – is headed by Kamaruddin, the chairman of the district panchayat AGC Basheer, the chairman of the standing committee of the Trikaripur panchayat VK Bava and the chairman of the panchayat. by Valiyaparamba MT Jabbar, among others.
The head of the CPM said the trust bought 10 acres of wet, swampy land in Trikaripur to build its own building for the college, knowing full well that construction on wetlands was not allowed. “But the corruption in the land of the dead will be known when the rate is made public,” Balakrishnan said.
The owners of the land got Rs 6,000 percent, but the college committee paid Rs 58,000 percent for the wetland, said the district secretary of the PMO.
CPM executives said small investors who trusted the money with Trust risk losing the money.
According to the rules of Kannur University, a college should have its own building within three years of the start of academic activities. When Trikaripur Arts and Science College did not have its own building, the university banned it from admitting students in 2018.
In 2019, the Trikaripur Trust showed the Peace International School building and said it was moving into the building and obtained permission to admit students.
“This year (2020) the college showed the Gems English Middle School building on the 2.03 acres illegally purchased from Jamia Sadiya Islamia. How long will they continue this masquerade,” Balakrishnan asked.
The PMO said it would hold protests in 12 locations in the district on Tuesday to expose the connection between IUML leaders and community leaders, and together how they defraud public money and Wakf assets.