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Okhla MLA Amanatullah loses Delhi Waqf Board chairmanship

Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan is not more Waqf Board chairman after reports surfaced that Lieutenant- Governor Najeeb Jung dissolved Delhi Waqf Board today. The development took place after two members of the Board resigned on Thursday alleging corruption, a charge that has been denied by MLA Khan.

Now the issue has been referred to the CBI for a probe. While doing so, the L-G quashed all appointments made by Board’s incumbent chairman MLA Khan.

 “In view of the deliberate and persistent acts of illegality, violation of rules, allegations of corruption, possibility of malafide etc, the whole matter related to the Delhi Waqf Board is referred to the CBI for investigation,” the L-G office said in a statement.

“Revenue Department’s notification dated October 8, 2015 superseding the Delhi Waqf Board and dated March 11, 2015 reconstituting the Delhi Waqf Board and orders of services department dated April 28, 2016 appointing Mehboob Alam as CEO are declared illegal and void ab initio for not having obtained the approval of the competent authority and are revoked immediately,” the statement added.

The Thursday resignation by two members had come months after ex-Okhla MLA Pervez Hashmi’s resignation. The MLA could not be reached for his comment, who a few weeks ago had resigned from his position after his sister-in-law had filed a complaint against him alleging sexual harassment, a charge that the MLA has denied.

However, then the MLA’s resignation was not accepted by his party.

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