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LG dissolves Delhi Waqf Board, orders CBI probe into its activities

In another jolt to Arvind Kejriwal's Delhi government, LG Najeeb Jung today declared reconstitution of Delhi Waqf Board and appointment of its CEO illegal and void ab initio in addition to order a CBI probe into the board's activities.

The decision comes days after the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government raided Delhi Waqf Board office in connection with alleged recruitment scam against its chief and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan.

The ACB team raided the Delhi Waqf Board office in Daryagnaj and spent nearly four hours seeking details of the alleged recruitment during Khan's chairmanship.

Two days later, Khan had resigned as its chairman saying that he was being "framed in false cases".

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, did not accept his resignation.

On Wednesday, two more Delhi Waqf Board members announced their resignation from the body alleging "corruption" and "irregularities in appointments" in the regime of Amanatullah Khan, who on his part has denied the charges.

Members, Mufti Ejaj Arshad Qazmi and Chaudhary Sharif Ahmad told reporters that they had resigned from the membership of the Board and sent their resignation letters to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung.

Following the resignations of Ejaj and Sharif, the six-member Board was left with just two members including Khan.

Two other members including Congress Rajya Sabha MP Parvez Hashmi had resigned from the Board a few months ago.

Below is a copy of the order issued by the LG office today.

RAJ NIWAS

IMPORTANT PRESS RELEASE

October 07, 2016

? Delhi Wakf Board Matter referred to the CBI

? LG declares the reconstitution of Delhi Waqf Board and appointment of CEO as illegal and void ab initio

? Delhi Waqf Board is superseded under Section 99 of the Act

? Secretary (Revenue) to exercise all powers and duties of the Delhi Waqf Board

? Shri S.M. Ali given additional charge of Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Waqf Board

Hon'ble Lt. Governor has issued the following orders with respect to the Delhi Waqf Board:

a) Revenue Department?s notification dated 8th October 2015 superseding the Delhi Waqf Board dated 11th March 2015 reconstituting the Delhi Waqf Board and orders of services department dated 28th April 2016 appointing Sh. 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.

b) Since, the term of the Delhi Waqf Board constituted in 2011 was to expire in December 2016 and five out of seven members have already resigned, no purpose is served in reviving the Board and therefore the Delhi Waqf Board is superseded under Section 99 of the Act, till the expiry of its term.

c) Secretary (Revenue) as per Section 99(2) of the Waqf Act will exercise all powers and duties of the Delhi Waqf Board, under the provisions of Section 99 of the Delhi Waqf Act,1995 by or on behalf of the Board, till such time a new Board is constituted.

d) Shri S.M. Ali, Special Secretary (Env. & Forests), GNCTD is given additional charge of Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Waqf Board, till further orders.

e) Secretary (Revenue) has been asked to initiate steps, as per extant Acts and Rules, for reconstitution of the Delhi Waqf Board.

f) 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 Delhi Waqf Board is referred to the CBI for investigation.

g) Divisional Commissioner has been asked to constitute a Committee to review the legality and propriety of all decisions/action taken by the Delhi Waqf Board after its constitution in March 2016 and put up a report within a month.⁠⁠⁠⁠