New Delhi: Member of Legislative Meeting from Delhi`s Okhla constituency Amanatullah Khan was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Department on September 16 in a case pertaining to alleged monetary misappropriation and different irregularities within the functioning of the Delhi Waqf Board. Like at all times, the ruling Aam Aadmi Occasion in Delhi blamed their staunch opponent — Bharatiya Janata Occasion — for concentrating on its leaders and linked the police motion to the upcoming polls in Gujarat. Equally, the BJP launched a scathing assault and demanded that the accused MLA shall be instantly sacked. Nonetheless, conserving apart the political mudslinging, what had been the monetary irregularities that finally led to the Okhla MLA`s arrest?
In response to the highest Anti-Corruption Department sources, the primary FIR into the case was registered in January 2020 beneath part 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act learn with part 120 B of the Indian Penal Code. Later part 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act in addition to part 409 of the IPC had been added to the case.
In the course of the investigation of the case with regard to the tenancy of Waqf properties, one individual got here ahead to make the assertion. The witness instructed the ACB that through the 12 months 2021, he had submitted his bid for a Waqf board store at Fatehpuri Masjid. His bid was declared to be the very best for Rs 30,000 and he was known as to the Delhi Waqf Board workplace to finish the formalities.
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He was requested to pay a sum of Rs 10 lakhs, to which he objected and was directed to withdraw himself from the bidding course of. Amanatullah Khan accepted the bid of one other bidder who had quoted a a lot lesser sum of Rs 19,000 solely. Thus, a monetary loss has been precipitated to the exchequer of Delhi Waqf Board,” as knowledgeable by the Investigative Officer of the case to the Courtroom.
The ACB was even in a position to get a press release from a feminine worker of the Delhi Waqf Board, who instructed them that the information referring to the Waqf Belongings Administration System of India (WAMSI) initiatives had been eliminated on the occasion of Amanatullah Khan as he allegedly “didn’t need transparency within the issues associated to Waqf Board properties as it might end in placing a verify on his unlawful actions”.
Notably, the WAMSI challenge was launched by the federal government for computerizing the properties of the Waqf Board. Following the two-year-old case, the Anti-Corruption Department had summoned the legislator, on September 16 whereas it parallelly carried out raids at 4 places linked to him and located incriminating materials at a number of locations. After the raids, three separate FIRs had been lodged and AAP MLA`s shut aide Hamid Ali Khan (54), a resident of Jamia Nagar, was arrested.
One FIR was lodged towards Hamid Ali because the police recovered one unlawful weapon and a few stay cartridges from his place. The accused Hamid Ali disclosed that the illicit weapon and money recovered from his residence belonged to Amanatullah Khan.
The second FIR was registered towards Kaushar Imam Siddique alias Laddan, a resident of Jogabai Extension in Arms Act. “A rustic-made pistol and three stay rounds had been recovered from his place,” a senior official knowledgeable. He was on Wednesday nabbed from Telangana. The third FIR was lodged for obstructing the raiding get together of ACB in discharge of presidency work and 4 folks had been apprehended on this connection.
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MLA Khan was arrested and later despatched to four-day police custody, however, through the raids, the ACB says that they discovered very essential proof — a diary — from the residence of Kausar Imam Siddiqui alias Laddan. The mentioned diary, as per ACB, comprises the names of many individuals who’ve made transactions of very massive sums of cash working in crores.
“One of many main recipients of a big quantity has been discovered to be one Zeeshan Haider. It has been revealed that Zeeshan Haider has been related to Amanatullah Khan for a protracted. Nevertheless it has come to note that after the raid on the accused and his accomplices on September 16, Zeeshan Haider and lots of individuals have gone underground,” an official doc ready by IO of the case learn.
On September 21, an area Courtroom despatched MLA Amanatullah Khan to 5 extra days of police custody because the ACB instructed the courtroom that the legislator was interrogated for less than two days within the 4 days` custody on account of his well being circumstances which deteriorated and he needed to be admitted to hospital.
The courtroom prolonged the police custody remand citing a number of causes. The before everything was that the ACB didn’t get sufficient time to interrogate the accused legislator.
Secondly, it mentioned, the premises from the place the alleged diary was recovered belonged to Kausar Imam Siddiqui, who was earlier absconding. Nonetheless, now, he has been arrested from Telangana and ACB must confront the mentioned Laddan with the current accused and likewise with the mentioned diary to search out out the aim of constructing such entries, the supply of cash and the explanation of receiving the cash from totally different individuals and for giving the cash to totally different individuals, together with current accused, as talked about within the diary and the hyperlink between the so-called Laddan and accused, if any.
“The so-called alleged 37 individuals named within the diary are required to be traced on the occasion of Kausar Imam Siddiqui and they’re required to be interrogated with the current accused,” the courtroom mentioned. Now, the AAP legislator will stay in police custody until September 26 when he will probably be confronted with different accused folks.