Delhi Waqf Board Case: ACB Arrests Amanatullah Khan

Following raids at his house and that of his associates and after questioning him for six hours, Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan in the case related to misappropriation of funds and irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 September, 2022 11:58 pm IST

Following raids at his house and that of his associates and after questioning him for six hours, Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan in the case related to misappropriation of funds and irregularities in the Delhi Waqf Board.

The case was registered under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC by the ACB on January 28, 2020. He was called for questioning at the ACB office on Friday afternoon.

Subsequently, the teams of ACB, based on secret inputs, also conducted raids at the residence of his second wife and houses of other relatives and associates in Jamia Nagar, Okhla and Shaheen Bagh.

ACB officials also stated that while conducting raids, they encountered opposition from local people. Some of the residents tried to stop the officers in their work and held demonstrations. One Additional Commissioner of Police (ACP) rank officer was also attacked.

Additional Commissioner of Police (ACB) Madhur Verma said at least four locations were searched by teams of ACB. “From these locations, ₹24 lakh in cash and two illegal and unlicensed weapons and cartridges were recovered,” Verma said.

Following the recovery of illegal weapons and obstruction by the supporters of AAP MLA in discharging their duties, the local police were informed in Jamia and two separate FIRs were also registered in the southeast district. The raids were on till late at night, Verma added.

Meanwhile, ACB said that Khan, while working as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, illegally recruited 32 persons and violated all norms and government guidelines. He also allegedly did favouritism in appointments. The then CEO of the Delhi Waqf Board had raised red flags against such illegal recruitment.

Furthermore, it was alleged that, as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, Khan had illegally rented out several properties of the Delhi Waqf Board. It has also been alleged that Khan has misappropriated the funds of the Delhi Waqf Board, comprising grants-in-aid from the Delhi Government.

Based on the statements of the witnesses and Khan himself, and based on incriminating material and evidence against him and also from the recovery during the searches conducted on Friday, the AAP leader was put under arrest. Further investigations were on in the case, ACB said.

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