The Anti-Corruption Department (ACB) arrested AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan on Friday in connection with a two-year-old case related to alleged irregularities at the Delhi Waqf Board. As CEO, Khan is said to have engaged in “arbitrary and illegal recruitment”, “embezzled” funds and leased board properties.
The ACB, which reports to the Lieutenant Governor, called Khan for questioning in the afternoon. It also conducted searches at premises associated with it, which allegedly seized Rs 24 lakh in cash and two unlicensed guns with ammunition.
In a tweet, Khan had claimed he was subpoenaed while building a new Waqf board office. AAP supported his MLA and called his arrest “a new conspiracy” to defame the party. “He was arrested in a baseless and totally bogus case. Nothing was found from his home or office during the raid.
“We have arrested MLA Amanatullah Khan for his involvement in a case registered with the ACB based on incriminating material and evidence against him and his recovery during searches conducted today. This case relates to financial embezzlement and other irregularities in the workings of the Delhi Waqf Board. As alleged in the FIR, while working as Chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, Amanatullah illegally recruited 32 people, violating all government norms and guidelines and accusing corruption and favoritism,” said ACB chief Madhur Verma.
“The then CEO of the Delhi Waqf Board had clearly made a statement and issued a memorandum against such illegal recruitment. It is also alleged that, as chairman, Amanatullah illegally leased a number of properties from the Delhi Waqf Board, amid allegations of corruption and favouritism. He was alleged to have embezzled Delhi Waqf Board funds, including grants for Delhi government aid,” he said.
#JUSTIN: After questioning AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, Delhi government anti-corruption department officials have raided several locations including Amanatullah’s home. At one of the locations they found an unlicensed handgun and cash of Rs 12 lakh.@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/fhHvbRxDhP
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“Four sites were searched by our teams from input received during the survey and based on information developed by the ACB. Around Rs 24,000 in cash and two unlicensed guns were seized at these locations along with cartridges and ammunition. At one of the locations, just outside Amanatullah’s home, the search team, consisting of an ACP, was attacked by relatives and other known individuals of Amanatullah, and they also caused obstructions in the performance of government duties towards ACB officials. Two FIRs were registered by our team in the South East District relating to the recovery of illegal weapons and one FIR relating to abuse of a police force by Amanatullah’s relatives,” Verma said.
A case against Khan was filed in 2016 following a complaint by the Treasury Department’s sub-magistrate (headquarters) alleging that appointments to various “existing and non-existing posts” on the Waqf board were “arbitrary and illegal”. The ACB registered an FIR under Section 7 (Civil Service Reward) of the Anti-Corruption Act and Section 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of the IPC in January 2020.
“ACB officials have so far interviewed 22 people illegally appointed by Amanatullah and found that five of them are his relatives; All 22 are residents of the Okhla area,” sources said. Khan is the Okhla MLA.
Sources said the ACB recovered several diaries and property documents detailing Benami properties and monetary transactions from the homes of Khan and his associates.
Earlier, former ACB chief, Special CP SK Gautam, wrote to the Lieutenant Governor’s Secretariat to call for Khan’s removal from the post, claiming that his “criminal and bullying” nature “hampers free and fair investigations and prevents witnesses from doing so.” to take action against him”. .
The arrest of the AAP MLA comes months after the party’s Delhi minister, Satyendar Jain, was arrested by law enforcement in an alleged money laundering case.