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C. K. Jaffer Sharief
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Shri CK Jaffer Sharief on strike to save Amanth Bank in Bangalore
Minister of Railways
In office
21 June 1991 – 16 October 1995
Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao
Preceded by Janeshwar Mishra
Succeeded by Ram Vilas Paswan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded by K. Hanumanthaiah
Succeeded by C. Narayanaswamy
In office
Preceded by C. Narayanaswamy
Succeeded by H. T. Sangliana
Constituency Bangalore North, Karnataka
In office
Preceded by M. V. Rajasekharan
Succeeded by M. V. Chandrashekara Murthy
Constituency Kanakapura, Karnataka
Minister of State, Railways
In office
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
Personal details
Challakere Kareem Jaffer Sharief

(1933-11-03)3 November 1933
Challakere, Chitradurga, Kingdom of Mysore
(present-day Karnataka, India)
Died 25 November 2018(2018-11-25) (aged 85)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Amina Beevi
Children 4

Challakere Kareem Jaffer Sharief (3 November 1933 – 25 November 2018) was an Indian politician. He was one of the senior most Indian National Congress leaders. He was the Railways Minister of the Government of India from 1991 until 1995.

Political career

Jaffer Sharief started his career in the Indian National Congress under Nijalingappa. After a split in the Congress, he took the side of Indira Gandhi. In 1980 as Railways minister, he was instrumental in gauge conversion of railways in the state, where all or most of the different gauges of tracks were converted to broad gauges, and thereby saving Railways a lot of money. He was also instrumental in getting the Wheel and Axle Plant in Bangalore.

In 2012, Sharief was cleared by the Supreme Court of charges relating to expenditure on a trip to London for medical treatment. Sharief had taken several ministry officials with him, which the court found was not inappropriate. Corruption charges were leveled against him during his tenure as Railway Minister.

Personal life

Jaffer Sharief lost three members of his family, with his younger son in 1999, his wife in 2008 and his elder son in 2009, three days before his election to Lok Sabha.

CK Jaffer Sharief died at the age of 85 in Bengaluru on 25 November 2018.

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