The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at the premises of Amanatullah Khan, an MLA from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, as part of a money-laundering investigation. These searches are being carried out under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, covering approximately three locations, according to initial reports.
Amanatullah Khan, who represents the Okhla constituency in the Delhi Assembly and is 49 years old, is the subject of this investigation. The ED’s actions stem from cases filed against him, including one by the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and another by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). These cases are related to alleged corruption associated with illegal appointments within the Delhi Waqf Board.
Notably, Khan was arrested by the Delhi ACB in September 2022. The ACB case revolves around financial misappropriation and other irregularities in the functioning of the Delhi Waqf Board. It alleges that Khan, during his tenure as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, engaged in the illegal recruitment of 32 individuals, disregarding established norms and government guidelines. Furthermore, he is accused of engaging in corruption and favoritism.
The ACB stated that the then CEO of the Delhi Waqf Board had provided clear statements and issued memoranda against these illicit recruitments. Additionally, it’s alleged that Khan, in his role as chairman, unlawfully rented out several properties owned by the Delhi Waqf Board, with allegations of corruption and favoritism. The ACB also claims that he misappropriated funds belonging to the Delhi Waqf Board, which included grants in aid from the Delhi government.