Not scared of such actions, says Malik after ED raids over sale of Waqf properties
After the Enforcement Directorate searched multiple premises in Maharashtra in a money laundering case linked to alleged illegal sale of Waqf properties, state Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik on Thursday said the central agency is under the wrong impression that it could scare him with such actions.
The Waqf Board will extend all the necessary cooperation to the ED, he said.
“If the ED thinks such actions (searches) will scare me, then it is under the wrong impression. Such acts will not deter me in continuing our clean-up operation under which central agencies are misused,” Malik said.
In an apparent reference to the BJP, the NCP minister said he, along with his senior leaders, will send a list of documents of “some leaders” to the ED and urge the agency to probe them.
ED officials said at least seven premises have been covered and the action is being undertaken under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The money laundering case is based on a Maharashtra Police FIR and the subsequent chargesheet, and the agency is collecting more information as part of the raids.
Malik said the ED was welcome to probe any case it wants, but it appears that the entire purpose of its current action is to malign his image.
He said ever since he took over as the Minister for Minority Affairs, the Waqf Board is functioning at its full strength with a full-time Chief Executive Officer.
Malik said seven FIRs, too, have been registered by the Waqf Board since he took over to probe alleged irregularities.
“We have launched a clean-up operation in the Waqf Board under which past members of the board and some officials may also face action,” he said, noting all businesses of the board are planned to be conducted online.
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