Businessman Moin Akhtar Qureshi has had to resign from his position as president of the Doon School Old Boys’ Society (Dosco) in the wake of the income tax raid and the spat over him between the Congress and BJP, it is learnt.
Qureshi was the president of the 75-year-old society, but after the raids at his residence — reported by The Indian Express on April 30 — members of the executive committee of the society asked him to resign. No member of the committee was willing to come on record, but several of them confirmed the development.
Phone calls and emails to the registered office of the society received no response. “It is a difficult situation for us. I will not be able to help you any further on this,” a source in the society said. Calls to Qureshi went unanswered. Among the members of the society are several of India’s top bureaucrats, businessmen and academics. The society draws much of its importance from this network. The step concerning Qureshi is unprecedented in the society’s history.
Qureshi ran into trouble after the income tax department began tracking his phone at the end of December last year. The department subsequently raided his offices and properties in mid-February. The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi raised the matter at an election rally in Akbarpur on April 18.
Modi subsequently alleged that conversations of people who had “close links” with 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, had figured in telephone calls intercepted by the income tax department, and that Qureshi had strong ties to both 10 Janpath and other Congress leaders.
The Doon School alumnus is a leading meat exporter from Kanpur. As president of the old boys’ society, he had planned to acquire land for a permanent secretariat in the NCR, and to transform the society into a commercial enterprise. His message to the members said it would be an “integrated complex comprising Dosco Club, residential rooms, indoor sports, fitness centre, banquet facilities and a business centre, thus providing larger revenues for the ever-growing needs of the society”. Qureshi is also into construction. His daughter Pernia runs a fashion store.
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