Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan was on Tuesday unanimously elected as chairman of the reconstituted Delhi Waqf Board. The five members of the board, which was reconstituted recently, elected Amanatullah Khan as the next chairman of the body in a meeting on Tuesday.
“His name was proposed by nominated member Razia Sultana and seconded by another nominated member Naeem Fatima. His election was unanimous,” an official said.
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The AAP MLA expressed hope that he would have a fruitful second stint as the chairman of the Waqf Board, saying ‘zero tolerance towards corruption, increasing amount of pensions’ would be among his priorities.
Khan had held the post of chairman for nearly six months before resigning from the post in September 2016 amid allegations of irregularities.
“Zero tolerance towards corruption, increasing amount of pensions disbursed by the board and the number of its beneficiaries, raising income, and expediting large number of cases in which the board is a party will be my priorities,” Khan said.
Delhi Waqf Board is a seven-member panel that oversees management of over 2,000 valuable properties including land, buildings, shops and graveyards spread across the city.
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The Delhi government’s revenue department on August 27, 2018 issued a notification for reconstituting the board with the approval of Delhi Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot.
In October 2016, then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung dissolved the Delhi Waqf Board following the resignation of two members alleging corruption and a CBI probe was ordered by him.
Lt Governor Anil Baijal, in December 2017, had directed the revenue department to probe allegations by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta that the Delhi government was trying to reconstitute the Board in “utter violation” of the Waqf Act.
(With PTI inputs)