The Madhya Pradesh government hasn’t taken any action even five months after getting an inquiry report by chief executive officer of State Waqf Board holding two of his predecessors and a former chairman responsible for financial irregularities.
The State Waqf Board CEO, Nisar Ahmad, had in his inquiry report recommended criminal prosecution against the accused — former in-charge CEO Dawood Ahmad Khan, former CEO Shafi Uddin Syed, former chairman Ghufran-e-Azam and some other junior officials guilty.
Nisar, who conducted an extensive inquiry following several complaints of irregularities, said he was shocked to see the level of corruption of his predecessors when he joined as CEO of the board.
“I have submitted my report to the principal secretary and commissioner of Minority Welfare Department. I have also complained at the Economic Offences Wing,” said Nisar, adding that he had written “a very strong-worded letter” recommending strict action against the erring officials. The report was submitted in June.
Dawood Ahmad Khan, according to the report, was found guilty of hatching a criminal conspiracy and misused his official chair and cause financial loss to the board to the tune of `8 crore. He had allowed exchange of private land of lesser worth with Waqf land in Kurwai in Vidisha district, the report stated. Nisar had also recommended suspension and strict action against Dawood Ahmad Khan in another land scam in the heart of state capital in old city.
In another inquiry, another former CEO Shafi Uddin Syed was found guilty of allowing a marriage garden on Waqf land — much against rules. Syed also rented as many as 75 cases of agricultural land going outside his jurisdiction. Former CEO Dawood told HT that he had done nothing wrong and had replied to officials concerned about his side of the story in said cases.
Former chairman Ghufran-e-Azam rubbished the allegations saying that he has done nothing wrong and the people who accuse him of any wrongdoing do not know the Waqf Act. Shafi Uddin Syed couldn’t be contacted despite efforts.
Talking to HT, Congress MLA Arif Aqueel said he had raised the issue in Assembly session. “I lodged a complaint with Lokayukta, EOW and senior officials of the department but no action has been taken so far in multi-crore scam,” said Aqueel.
The Congress MLA said he had been talking of the corruption even before Nisar took charge. Nisar has proved his charges, said Aqueel, adding: “I won’t spare the culprits. If state government doesn’t take action, I would go to court.”
Chairman of State Waqf Board, Shaukat Mohd Khan, said he had written to the state government over the issue. “These cases have come to my knowledge. Strict action would be taken soon by the government,” he said.