Delhi Waqf Board chairman and AAP MLA Amantullah Khan has accused Congress leader Haroon Yusuf of ‘corruption and criminal misconduct’ seeking an Anti-Corruption Branch enquiry against him. Yusuf served as the Waqf Board chairman from March 1999 to March 2004 before he was made Power minister in the Sheila Dikshit government in 2005.
Khan alleged Waqf Board driver Mohammad Rafiq continued to serve Yusuf even after he became a minister and the Board bore all his expenses, including salary.
“By illegal and unlawful taking over of the employee of Delhi Waqf Board in his personal service, Haroon Yusuf converted a valuable resource of the Waqf Board into his own personal use thereby causing wrongful gain to himself and loss to the Board,” Khan said in his complaint to the Delhi government’s Vigilance directorate.
“Conduct of Haroon Yusuf falls within the definition of corruption, criminal misconduct making him liable for action under Section 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988,” he said in the complaint.
Yusuf rubbished the charges saying had had three drivers with him when he was a minister but he does not remember their exact details.
He said, besides driving, the drivers also performed other duties such as carrying dispatches to different departments.
“I don’t understand the charge by Khan. Personnel from different departments are normally used by non-parent departments in diverted capacity. Even at present two drivers of Delhi Waqf Board are working with other departments in diverted capacity,” Yusuf said. The Delhi Waqf Board has also filed complaint with Vigilance directorate of Delhi government, against the then Board chairman Chaudhary Mateen Ahmad and other members.
The complaint stated that Chaudhary then serving as Delhi Waqf Board chairman entered into an agreement with a developer regarding over 62 Bigha Waqf land “on a donation of Rs 1.10 crore and rent of 25 paise per square yard for an indefinite period of time” in “violation” of Waqf Act provisions.