Fund stealing charge cooked, says JOBA annual meet organizer
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Okhla Times News Service/Okhla
MAY 1, 2011: Some Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) alumni who organized the JOBA annual function on April 10 have been accused of pocketing money from the fund that was collected for the function, according to a Facebook post by Mohammad Waseem. Some 14 hours ago, Waseem posted on OKHLA TIMES FB page: “Since JOBA organized annual function at Jamia campus on 10th April, here in Dubai news is spreading among JMI alumni that some members of the organizing committee stole the money which was funded to organize the function. I request to JOBA to clarify this matter.”
The post withdrew seven comments including of Nasir Sultan Qazi, who was at the forefront in holding this mega event. Senior alumnus Nasir wrote on FB: “Absolutely right. In a couple of days we will display the list of those who contributed to the function along with the total expenditure.”
JOBA president Javed Alam, highly active on FB, backed Nasir. He wrote: “Inshallah we will display the list of contributors and expenditure very soon.” Later on Nasir raised the question of identity of Waseem. Another JOBA post bearer Arshad Siddiqui also joined in. He wrote: “We need to know who is raising the issue.”
Former JMI students’ union president Badruddin Qureshi rubbished the allegation. When asked for his comment over the phone, he said: “This is not true. To get the right picture it is better to talk to Nasir and Tarique Ballan who were the main organizers.”
A few minutes after that Nasir called in to clarify his stand. He said: “This is false allegation. From day one I have been asking JOBA to declare the expenditure but as the president is busy it will be done in a few days time.” According to Nasir, those who contributed Rs 50,000 to the event included Mirza Quamrul Hasan urf Babloo, Shah Alam of Purvanchal construction Company and Arif Habib. Syid Ahmed gave Rs 20,000; Rajeev Gautam: Rs 21,000; Aiyaz Siddiqui Rs 20,000; Irfan Khan Rs 10,000; Owaisur Rahman Khan Rs 15,000; Vodaphone contributed Rs 25,000; Rehan of Mayur International offered RS 25,000, claimed Nasir, to name only a few in the long list.
He further added that initially many people had promised to contribute but only a few offered the money. “Shah sent me Rs 2 lakh. But I returned Rs 1 lakh 50 thousand as by that time enough money was collected. However with the main sponsor DNS College of Engineering not paying anything I have to fork out Rs 90,000 from my pocket. If anybody has contributed money then he/she should come forward to lay the claim. Rs 2 lakh 15 thousand were spent on food for 1,600 people.”
Tarique Ballan was not available for comment as his phone was not reachable. When contacted over phone, DNS chief said as he was driving he won’t be able to say a lot on the issue.
Throughout the telephonic conversation Nasir emphasized that Waseem was functioning on FB on fake identity. Also, he pointed out that nobody existed by this name in Dubai as some of alumni from that country called him to confirm this.
However, Waseem has given detailed information about his academic and job position on his FB page. He claims himself to be a project manager at Dubai Metro Project and lives in Dubia. Also, he has mentioned that he completed his B.Tech in 1996 from Central University Jamia Millia Islamia. Besides, he has 31 friends including Tariq Ballan, Badaruddin Qureshi, Kamal Parvez, Ghizal Mahdi and others.
Is somebody trying to give a bad name to the highly-respected organizers?
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