Trust row: Resignation of Pataudi family aide accepted

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2015 17:02 IST

In a new twist to the developments in the Auqaf-e-Shahi (The Royal Trust of Pataudis) controversy, trusted confidant of Pataudi family Ghufran-e-Azam resigned from the executive committee of the trust.

His resignation was accepted immediately, much in contrast to the resignations of three other members, including prominent businessman Sikandar Hafiz Khan, which is still kept on hold.

A press release from Saba Sultan, daughter of late Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and mutawalli (custodian) of Auqaf-e-Shahi said Ghufran-e-Azam had decided to quit as the member of the executive committee and his resignation had been accepted.

The press release further said she has successfully persuaded the three members, who had resigned from the committee earlier, to remain by her side. Prominent businessman Sikandar Hafiz Khan, ZU Tahir and Abdul Tahir had tendered their resignations some time ago, alleging political interference in their works.

Their resignations were not accepted; instead a press statement was issued on Wednesday. The statement from Saba Sultan made clear that Sikandar and his two other associates would have a say in some issues henceforth.

Ghufran-e-Azam, while talking to HT, said he was fed up with many controversies related to the State Waqf Board and others. "The executive committee of the Auqaf-e-Shahi has been dissolved," said Ghufran. Auqaf-e-Shahi manages royal properties worth Rs 2,000 crore.

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