Mumbai : The NCP, a key partner of the ruling combine in the State, has dropped a political bomb by alleging that the government was sitting on Central Government directive of conducting a CBI inquiry into Waqf board land scam.
Despite a direction from the Prime Minister, the State Government did not order a CBI inquiry, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Mallick alleged.
While hitting out at Congress, he also indirectly cornered Congress leader and Minority Development minister Nasim Khan.
“I am raising this issue after a long time. Central Vigilance Commission has recommended the setting up of a CBI inquiry. The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the state government to conduct this inquiry. But the State is sitting on it,’’ Mallik fired a salvo. It is learnt that this file is pending at Nasim Khan’s office.
In the past, Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh was criticised for sheltering M A Aziz, the then president of Waqf Board who sold waqf land by reportedly taking bribe.
The issue got national attention when it was revealed that Mukesh Ambani bought waqf land at Altamount Road originally owned by a trust working for an orphanage.
As per law, nobody including the Waqf board can sell waqf land. The State later directed the charity commissioner not to grant permission to nearly 130 Muslim religious trusts to sell or lease their properties in Mumbai between 2004-09 and most of the sales were done during the tenure of Aziz.