Delhi High Court Dismisses Amanatullah Khan Anticipatory Bail Petition

Delhi High court

The Delhi High Court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in the Delhi Waqf Board Money Laundering case. Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma dismissed the plea, emphasizing that elected officials and public figures are subject to the law, and special treatment cannot be afforded to them.

Khan, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) six times but failed to appear, argued that his appearance might lead to his arrest. However, the court dismissed this argument, stating that cooperation with investigations is essential, and avoiding summons obstructs justice.

The court highlighted that the conduct of public figures is closely scrutinized and sets precedents. Khan’s avoidance of ED summons was deemed impermissible and obstructive to justice.

Regarding the property purchase under scrutiny, valued at Rs 36 crore with a significant cash component and dubious agreements, the court raised concerns about transparency and public trust.

Given Khan’s non-cooperation with the investigation and the absence of bribery allegations, the court found no grounds for granting anticipatory bail. The court also noted that the CBI found administrative irregularities but no proceeds of crime or government losses.

The case involves allegations of illegal leasing of Waqf properties and irregularities in appointments during Khan’s tenure as the Delhi Waqf Board chairman. The court dismissed bail pleas of other accused and noted the seriousness of the charges.

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