C. K. Jaffer Sharief

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C. K. Jaffer Sharief
Veteran Leader Ck jaffer Sharief on a Hartal (cropped).JPG
Minister of Railways
In office
21 June 1991 – 16 October 1995
Prime MinisterP. V. Narasimha Rao
Preceded byJaneshwar Mishra
Succeeded byRam Vilas Paswan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded byK. Hanumanthaiah
Succeeded byC. Narayanaswamy
In office
Preceded byC. Narayanaswamy
Succeeded byH. T. Sangliana
ConstituencyBangalore North ,Karnataka
In office
Preceded byM. V. Rajasekharan
Succeeded byM. V. Chandrashekara Murthy
ConstituencyKanakapura ,Karnataka
Personal details
Challakere Kareem Jaffer Sharief

(1933-11-03)3 November 1933
Challakere, Chitradurga, Kingdom of Mysore
(present-day Karnataka, India)
Died25 November 2018(2018-11-25) (aged 85)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Amina beevi

Challakere Kareem Jaffer Sharief (3 November 1933 – 25 November 2018)[1] 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.[2]

Political career[edit]

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. 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.[1]

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.[3] Corruption charges were leveled against him during his tenure as Railway Minister.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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 November 25, 2018.[5]


  1. ^ a b Aiyappa, Manu (25 November 2018). "Former Railway minister CK Jaffer Sheriff dead". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Leaders' meeting in Hassan". The Hindu. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ Malik, Surabhi (9 November 2012). "EX-minister Jaffer Sharief gets clean chit from Supreme Court in 1995 corruption case". NDTV. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Why Congress Cannot Claim Credit For The Delhi Metro…". Tehelka. 15 January 2015. Archived from the original on 15 January 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Senior Congress leader and former Railway Minister CK Jaffer Sharief dies at 85". Newsd. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
M. V. Rajasekharan
Member of Parliament
for Kanakapura

1971 – 1977
Succeeded by
M. V. Chandrashekara Murthy
Preceded by
K. Hanumanthaiah
Member of Parliament
for Bangalore North

1977 – 1996
Succeeded by
C. Narayanaswamy
Preceded by
C. Narayanaswamy
Member of Parliament
for Bangalore North

1998 – 2004
Succeeded by
H. T. Sangliana
Political offices
Preceded by
Janeshwar Mishra
Minister of Railways
21 June 1991 – 16 October 1995
Succeeded by
Ram Vilas Paswan

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