The Anti-Corruption Branch has launched a “preliminary inquiry” into alleged “recruitment scam” in Delhi Waqf Board, prompting its chairman and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan to term the move as an “interference” in working of the body by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.
“We have sent a letter seeking details of serving personnel as well as recruitment process of Delhi Waqf Board on a complaint received by us. We are doing preliminary inquiry and sought the details for the purpose,” said a senior ACB officer.
The complaint of “recruitment scam” at Delhi Waqf Board has been filed by one Mohammad Mustafa.
The Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amantuallah Khan said recruitments at the Board were conducted with due legal process and alleged Jung was creating “hindrance” in working of the body.
“We have followed all the due legal procedures in recruitments and not only ACB, even a CBI inquiry cannot find any irregularity in it. The LG is knowingly creating hurdles in working of Waqf Board,” Khan told reporters.
He also alleged that since Delhi Waqf Board is trying to take back its 300 properties “encroached by DDA”, the Central government was trying to “deviate” it from its goal.
The 14-point letter by ACB has also sought details of procedure of appointment of Chairman of the Board.
Besides, it seeks sweeping details about the Board, including its function, “sources of expenditure”, payment of salaries to employees, total strength of staff and procedure of their appointment.
The letter by ACB inspector JS Mishra has sought specific information whether any posts for recruitment were advertised in 2016 and if so details of those recruited, including their date of appointment and salaries drawn by them.
Delhi Waqf Board has made recruitments on several posts since Khan became chairman of the body in March.