To take back the encroached land and to deal with the litigations, the Waqf Board on Friday formed a three member advisory committee headed by retired High Court judge Vamana Rao and with district and sessions judges E. Ismail and S. Abdullah as members.
The Waqf Board has 1,45,511 acres of land in both states and out of which 81,591 acres has been encroached.
The special officer said that there were 24 cases pertaining to AP & TS were pending in Supreme Court. He also said that 12,628 cases belonging to both states are pending in the Hyderabad High Court.
Mr. Akbar said that delay in filing counter affidavits in the courts is resulting in loss of properties worth crores of rupees.
The Board had requested Vaman Rao for his advice and services to the Board for carrying out the legal battles, which he has accepted.
Mr. Rao said that it was the duty of the Board to hire competent lawyers to represent the cases and save the valuable lands.