The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has initiated searches at the premises of Amanatullah Khan, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmaker representing the Okhla constituency in Delhi. This action is part of an ongoing money-laundering investigation being conducted under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). News agencies have reported heavy security deployment outside Khan’s residence in Okhla, where the searches are currently underway.
Amanatullah Khan, in addition to his role as a legislator, also serves as the Chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board.
The ED’s investigation is based on an FIR filed by the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau and another by the Central Bureau of Investigation, both of which allege corruption linked to illicit appointments within the Delhi Waqf Board, as reported by the media.
In a separate incident last year, Khan was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in September. The case against him was related to alleged irregularities in appointments, financial misappropriation, and the misuse of his official position as the chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board. Subsequently, Khan was granted bail by Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court.
The FIR against Khan states that, during his tenure as chairman of the Delhi Waqf Board, he had made 32 unauthorized appointments, which were in violation of established norms and government guidelines.
These recent raids by the ED follow a similar action taken against AAP Member of Parliament Sanjay Singh, where the federal probe agency conducted searches at Singh’s residence in Delhi and subsequently arrested him.