CBI officials conducted raids at AIADMK MP Anwar Raajha’s residence in Ramanathapuram. The raids were in relation to an alleged ‘multi-crore recruitment scam’. Raajha has maintained that he is innocent, and the officials came to check paperwork.
Ramanathapuram: CBI raids were conducted at AIADMK MP Anwar Raajha’s Ramanathapuram residence and the Waqf Board chief about a recruitment scam.
The raids were conducted 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 Raajhaa, two CBI officials visited the MP at his residence and questioned him for over two hours.
The court had directed the CBI to register a FIR and frame the charge sheet 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,” Anwar Raajhaa said.
Stating that he was in no way involved in the scam, 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 by 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, Raajhaa as the Waqf Board chairman, and unknown others.
Last Updated 23, Mar 2019, 1:50 PM IST