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ACB raids Delhi Waqf Board office

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New Delhi: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government today raided Delhi Waqf Board office here in connection with alleged recruitment scam against its chief and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan.

“We have initiated an enquiry into the complaint received about illegal recruitment further action will be taken as per law,” said ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena.

The ACB team raided the Delhi Waqf Board office in Daryagnaj and spent nearly four hours seeking details of the alleged recruitment during Khan’s chairmanship.

Amantullah Khan was present when the ACB team reached there.

The ACB will also question different persons associated with the complaint including Amantullah Khan who “might be called” for questioning, said a senior ACB officer.

The team reached the office of Waqf Board at Daryaganj at around 2.30 pm and searched for documents besides seeking details of the recruitment from Waqf officials and Khan.

The ACB had last week launched a “preliminary inquiry” into “recruitment scam” in the Board.

The ACB had sent a letter to the Waqf Board last week seeking details including recruitment in 2016, on a complaint by Mohammad Mustafa.

The complaint by Mustafa alleged that Khan had “illegally appointed” several persons including “his friends and relatives” on different posts in the Waqf Board, said the ACB officer.

Khan said that the recruitment’s on 20-22 posts under question were held on contract basis by a specially constituted committee for the purpose.

“A recruitment committee was formed which interviewed candidates and appointments were done on contract basis. The posts were advertised beforehand in newspapers. There is no irregularity as alleged,” Khan said.

He alleged that ACB is targeting him on the “behest of Lt Governor” for raising “scams” by previous chairmen of Delhi Waqf Board under Sheila Dikshit regime.

“I say there is a very big scam in Delhi Government which happened during the tenure of previous chairmen in Sheila Dikshit regime. I demand the LG who is getting me probed to also direct the agency to probe our complaints against former chairmen Haroon Yusuf and Mateen Ahmad,” he added.

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