The Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) leaders on Tuesday accused Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan of committing “irregularities” in the running of the Board. They charged him with allegedly indulging in corruption and nepotism while making appointments to the Board.

The Delhi Congress leaders demanded a high-level CBI inquiry into the recently-concluded recruitment process of the Waqf Board. They also pressed for Khan’s resignation from his post as Delhi Waqf Board chairman.

The DPCC leaders ~ including Jitender Kumar Kochar, Harnam Singh and Parvez Alam ~ alleged that Khan, who is also AAP MLA from Okhla, while making 33 appointments to the Delhi Waqf Board, flouted all norms from the time of advertising for the posts till the “dubious final selection”.

They charged: “This year on 26 February, vacancies were advertised in different newspapers asking for applications for 33 posts in the Delhi Waqf Board. But on March 1 and 2, interviews were conducted discreetly so that word about these vacancies could not spread far and wide so that lesser number of eligible candidates could apply”. They also claimed that the results were announced on March 6 and the selected candidates were asked to join duty the very next day on March 7.

“The manner in which these 33 posts were advertised and interviews conducted for them was to deny the genuinely eligible candidates a fair opportunity at the selection,” the Congress leaders alleged.

They also charged that the “dubious selection committee” was made up of the Board chairman’s relatives, AAP leaders, and his business associates allegedly in order to facilitate the selection of his own relatives and people from his native village.