Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad on Sunday said the voter list to elect the chairman of Shia Central Board of Waqfs (SCBW) had been altered to benefit of a “corrupt candidate” supported by Minority Welfare and Waqf minister Azam Khan.
The cleric’s statement comes after Khan, without naming Jawwad, said on Saturday that a religious leader met him on December 27 and “requested that his relative Kamaluddin Akbar who had earlier served as chairman of SCBW should be again appointed on same post.”
In response, Jawwad said Khan was lying and added that Akbar had resigned and had decided never to return to the post. The cleric further said said it was Khan who wanted a “corrupt former chairman” to bag the SCBW post.
Jawwad was hinting at Waseem Rizvi, who has several cases against him and was forced to resign in 2012 following charges of corruption. Jawwad reiterated Azam’s demand of a CBI inquiry into misappropriation of waqf properties in the past 10 years. “Be it him or us, all should be investigated. We are open to a CBI probe,” Jawwad said. He added that Azam himself has “taken over many waqf properties in Rampur and constructed markets over them.”
Jawwad also alleged that Azam received bribes through his Rampur-based pet project, Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.
“The donations received for Jauhar University are nothing but bribes and taken forcefully. Also, Rs 350 crores were sanctioned for cemeteries, but half of that amount has gone into Jauhar University, it should be investigated by the CBI,” Jawwad said.
Later in evening, the cleric led a delegation to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and took up the issue with him. Sources said that Mulayam assured the delegation that he would look into the matter.
Azam and Jawwad have been at loggerheads over the SCBW elections due on August 12 and Jawwad had led a protest on July 25 which resulted in police lathicharge and death of one person. Jawwad is yet to take a call on whether to boycott elections.