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ACB questions Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan

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New Delhi: Anti Corruption Bureau conducted search operation at Delhi Waqf Board and questioned Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan for close to two hours.

The anti-corruption bureau had asked details about the new recruitments in the board following allegations of corruption in the recruitment process. Following the questioning, board chairman provided all the details and provided relevant papers to the ACB.

Okhla MLA who has emerged as an important Muslim face in the Arvid Kejriwal government in Delhi has said that he will resign from his waqf board chairmanship and relinquish his MLA seat if accusations of misappropriation are proved.

While attacking his opponents the Delhi Waqf Board chairman said that he knows that no action will be taken in response to his letters. On the contrary every effort will be made to make us look like culprit. Khan went on to add that he will approach CBI about previous cases of corruption in the Board.

Khan also said that he knows about efforts to disband the board. One important point that must be kept in mind is the fact that the complaint about the misappropriation in the board were made by one of the board member itself.

ACB had sent a 13 point questionnaire to the board sometimes ago. While the board officials were preparing response in this regard, the anti-corruption bureau officials landed at the board office. They went straight to the chairman office and started posing questions. The board had recruited some employees and following the objections, Khan said that it had become necessary as there were not sufficient officials to manage the body.

ACB posed questions about the new recruits and asked about some employees who were hired recently with pinpoint precision. After two hours of intensive questioning ACB officials left the office carrying a huge cache of papers.

Khan said that “ACB is trying to divert attention from the previous corruption cases in the board. I had written letter to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung regarding corruption to the tune of Rs 266 crore, illegal construction of hotel on Board land and misuse of Board’s finances. But instead of taking action against the culprits, the anti-corruption bureau has started targeting us”. (Inquilab)

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