AAP MLA from Okhla Amanatullah Khan resigned from all positions in the party Saturday after his sister-in-law lodged an FIR against him, accusing him of sexual harassment.
While refuting the allegations, Khan — in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal — said, “As chairman of the Waqf Board, many scams and irregularities of the previous government were brought to light during my tenure. I have been working wholeheartedly to serve the people of Delhi. But some people are not liking my honesty and dedication. False allegations are being levelled against me and my family, and I am tired of giving justifications regarding those.”
Khan asked to be relieved of all responsibilities in the party and the government, where he served as chairman of the Waqf Board and a member of the party’s Political Affairs Committee.
His resignation comes two days after the the Anti-Corruption Branch raided the Delhi Waqf Board office in connection with an alleged recruitment scam in the Board. In a statement following his resignation, the AAP MLA claimed he and his family have not had any associations with the complainant in the last four years.
He added, “The attitude of police is such that if a woman says anything against an AAP MLA, that FIR is immediately lodged. They do not try to investigate the truth behind the matter. Is there a double standard in the law?” He also stated that he was trying to “bring out the corruption in the Waqf” and work for Muslims in the city.
Meanwhile, BJP has demanded that in the light of the allegations against Khan, AAP should expel the MLA from the Delhi Assembly. The Congress also sought an answer from the chief minister on the criteria for choosing candidates for the party. Party spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said, “These are very serious allegations coming from a family member of the MLA. They should be investigated along with all the other charges that were levelled against him earlier. If there is any truth in the matter, then Kejriwal needs to answer what criteria he had when choosing candidates for his party.”