ED searches premises owned by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan

India’s Enforcement Directorate searched premises owned by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan in a money laundering case. The ED acted on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) filed by Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and another filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The cases relate to alleged corruption in appointments in the Delhi Waqf Board, which is headed by Khan.

Khan, 49, is accused of illegally recruiting 32 people for the Delhi Waqf Board in violation of norms and government guidelines.

It is also alleged that he was involved in corruption and favoritism.

The ACB had arrested Khan last September in the Delhi Waqf Board corruption case after recovery of alleged incriminating material and evidence. Later he was granted bail.

Khan is a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) representing Okhla constituency in the Delhi Assembly.

The ED search is being conducted under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The raids at Khan’s premises came soon after the arrest of fellow AAP leader Sanjay Singh in connection with the alleged Delhi Excise policy scam.

Singh, a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, was arrested by the ED from his residence in New Delhi.

He was the second prominent leader of AAP on the second issue of liquor policy. Another AAP leader, former Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, was arrested in a separate case.

(with inputs from agencies)