LG Najeeb Jung declares reconstitution of Delhi Waqf Board and appointment of CEO illegal and void ab initio

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Delhi LG Najeeb Jung has declared the reconstitution of Delhi Waqf Board and appointment of CEO as illegal and void ab initio, reported ANI.

This has come days after the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government raided Delhi Waqf Board office in connection with alleged recruitment scam against its chief and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan.

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.

Two days later, Khan had resigned as its chairman claiming that he was being “framed in false cases”.

The Okhla legislator, who was also a member of the State Haj Committee, had sent his resignation letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

His resignation was, however, not accepted by Kejriwal.

On Wednesday, PTI reported that two more Delhi Waqf Board members had announced their resignation from the body alleging “corruption” and “irregularities in appointments” in the regime of Khan, who has all along denied the charges.

Members, Mufti Ejaj Arshad Qazmi and Chaudhary Sharif Ahmad told reporters that they had resigned from the membership of the Board and sent their resignation letters to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

Refuting the allegations, Khan accused the members of working “at the behest of” Lt Governor.

“It’s a new ploy and they are colluding with LG. They wanted me to serve their interests which I refused. Everything will be clear in next few days,” Khan said.

Following the resignations of Ejaj and Sharif, the six-member Board has now just two members including Khan.

Two other members including Congress Rajya Sabha MP Parvez Hashmi had resigned from the Board a few months ago.

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