ACB seeks removal of MLA Amanatullah as Delhi Waqf Board chairman, cites ‘bullying’

The Anti-Corruption Branch of Delhi Wednesday wrote to the Lieutenant Governor secretariat seeking the removal of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan from the post of Delhi Waqf Board Chairman and alleged that his “criminal and bullying” nature is “obstructing free and fair investigation and preventing witnesses from coming out against him”, said officials.
The case was filed in 2016 following a complaint from Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Headquarters), Revenue department alleging that appointments to various existing and non-existing posts by Khan in Delhi Waqf Board were arbitrary and illegal. An FIR in this regard was registered by the ACB in January 2020 under section 7 of the PC Act and section 120 B of the IPC.
According to information shared by the L-G office sources, the ACB in the letter said, “Fair investigation can’t be conducted as long as Khan continues to hold his post… It has been noticed that witnesses are not coming out openly due to his aggressive behaviour and his position in the Waqf Board.”
Meanwhile, the AAP said they were unaware of such a letter. “Was PM Narendra Modi removed from his post when the Rafale deal was being investigated? Is there any such provision?” an official said.
ACB officials said that till date, there are 23 criminal cases against Khan, of which two are pending trial, and seven are pending investigation with various police stations, including one with the CBI.