Ex-chief, CEO of Waqf Board booked in 'land scam' case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 22:35 IST

Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Tuesday lodged an first information report (FIR) against former chairman of Madhya Pradesh Waqf Board, its chief executive officer (CEO) and some other officials of the board in connection with an alleged land scam.

Superintendent of police, EOW, Shashikant Shukla said a complaint was lodged with EOW against former chairman Ghufran-e-Azam, CEO Dawood Ahmad Khan and other officials of the Waqf Board in 2012. "An FIR has been lodged after an inquiry conducted by the wing. The allegations made in the complaint were found primarily true," said Shukla, while talking to HT.

The Waqf officials have been booked under Section 420, 120 (B) and 13(1) (D) and 13 (2) of IPC.

Besides Ghufran-e-Azam and Dawood Ahmad Khan, Zafar Ali Khan, mutawalli of Islamia School Kurwai, Moin Khan, son-in-law of Zafar and the then members of the MP Waqf Board have been named in the FIR.

Shukla said more names would be added after primary interrogation of the accused in the case.

Original records would now be seized from the offices concerned and a chargesheet would be made after recording statements of the witnesses, added Shukla.

The officials have been charged with criminal conspiracy, under which chairman allowed exchange of Waqf land at Kurwai in district Vidisha with Zafar Ali's land at an escalated cost, causing a loss of about Rs 8 crore to the Waqf Board.

"Those who have caused harm to Waqf Board will soon be behind bars. This is just the beginning of cleaning operation and no one would be spared," said chairman of Waqf Board, Shaukat Mohd Khan.

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