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SP MLA opens front against Khan

AFTER MINISTER for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, Samajwadi Party MLA and Sunni Waqf Board member Riyaz Ahmad on Sunday opened a front against Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 01:09 IST

AFTER MINISTER for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, Samajwadi Party MLA and Sunni Waqf Board member Riyaz Ahmad on Sunday opened a front against Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan.

While lauding Waqf Minister Shakir Ali, the SP MLA said Khan had been shielding Waqf Board chairman Hafiz Usman, who was allegedly involved in large-scale bungling of Waqf properties.

Talking to newspersons here on Sunday, Ahmad, along with two other members Abdul Razzaq and Mehboob Ahmad, accused Khan of promoting corruption in the board. Ahmad said during the last two years, a large number of Waqf properties had been sold and the chairman had been flouting rules with impunity.

emanding a high-level probe into the board’s functioning, the SP MLA said the chairman should be sacked. Ahmad also said the government had issued a notice to the board, threatening to dissolve it. He said the chairman,”who was involved in the multi-crore waqf land scam, including the sale of prime land in Ghaziabad,” should be removed. Ahmad said Azam Khan had also scuttled the appointment of the chief executive officer (CEO) in the board so that Usman could function freely.

He alleged the Ghaziabad administration had registered a criminal case against one Laddan Qureshi in 2003 for waqf land grabbing. He also said Usman appointed him convenor of the monitoring committee of Ghaziabad properties in 2005.

He claimed the chairman tried to get his illegal work ratified at the board meeting on May 20, but could not do so due to the members’ pressure.

The SP MLA said the board was in a mess and the State Government should take immediate corrective measures to save huge properties from the waqf mafia “working in connivance with the chairman”.

Rebutting the charges, the chairman said those opposed to him wanted land in Kanpur and Lucknow. Now they had launched a tirade against him, he said. He said during his regime the board’s income had gone up from Rs 16,000 to Rs 1.20 crore. He said the Ghaziabad land was leased out during the BSP regime and he had been making efforts to get it back.