Lt Governor Anil Baijal has directed the revenue department of the Delhi government to examine a complaint regarding reconstitution of a Waqf Board and submit a report on the issue. The move cames a week after a delegation of the BJP MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, submitted a memorandum to the Lt Governor, alleging reconstitution of the Delhi Waqf Board by the AAP government by "violating" laid down rules. "The Lt Governor has desired that matter (regarding Gupta's complaint) may be examined as per rules, and comments be submitted to this secretariat for his kind perusal through proper channel," Anoop Thakur, private secretary to the Lt Governor, said in a written statement to the revenue secretary. On November 27, the BJP legislators had raised the issue of reconstitution of the Delhi Waqf Board by the AAP government before Baijal and sought his intervention in the matter. "The Delhi government is bent on reconstituting the Waqf Board in utter violation of the Waqf Act 1995 and the Waqf (Amendment) Act of 2013, throwing moral propriety and ethical considerations to the winds," Gupta had said in a statement after meeting the Lt Governor. He also charged that Amantullah Khan, the former chairman of the Waqf Board, was being reappointed to the post. Khan is facing cases of "criminal breach of trust" which are being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation , he had also alleged. The Delhi Waqf Board comprises seven members, who elect the chairman.
Khan was elected as a member of the board last month. The AAP MLA was the chairman of the Waqf Board for 6 months last year. He had resigned amid allegations of irregularities during his tenure and raids on the office of the board by the Anti- Corruption Branch in September last year.
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