CBI questions Waqf Board chairman on recruitment scam

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: March 23, 2019 10:37 IST
CBI questions Waqf Board chairman on recruitment scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned sitting AIADMK MP and Chairman of Tamil Nadu Waqf Board A. Anwhar Raajhaa in connection with its probe into the ‘multi-crore recruitment scam’ of the Madurai MSS Waqf Board College, ordered by the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court.
After the High Court’s January order on the scam, allegedly involving Tamil Nadu Minister for Labour and Employment Nilofer Kafeel and Mr. Raajhaa, two CBI officials visited the MP at his residence here on Thursday evening and questioned him for more than two hours. The court had directed the CBI to register an FIR and frame the chargesheet within six months.
“The CBI officials visited me not to enquire or question but to verify some papers relating to the Tamil Nadu Waqf Board,” Mr. Raajhaa told The Hindu.
The officials have taken the agenda copies of the Waqf Board meetings. The officials came to mainly verify the records relating to the complaint, he said.
Claiming that he was in no way involved in the scam, Mr. Raajhaa said the alleged scam took place in November 2017, whereas he became the Chairman of Tamil Nadu Waqf Board in April 2018.
The court ordered the probe on a petition filed B. Sardar Basha, member of the general body of the Waqf Board College, without even serving notice to the board, he said.
The CBI also searched the premises of the then secretary and correspondent of the Board’s college, in Madurai and Ramanathapuram. Details of the seizures made during the searches were not known immediately. Based on the Madras High Court order, the agency registered a case against Jamal Mohideen, the then secretary and correspondent of MSS Waqf Board College, Mr. Raajhaa as the Waqf Board chairman, and unknown others.