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AAP govt. appoints sacked Minister as Haj panel head

NewDelhi: 10/10/2015: Former Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan addressing a press conference,, in New Delhi on Saturday . Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

NewDelhi: 10/10/2015: Former Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan addressing a press conference,, in New Delhi on Saturday . Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Nearly four years after being sacked on charges of alleged corruption, which he attributed to ‘internal politics’, Matia Mahal legislator Asim Ahmed Khan was appointed the chairman of the eight-member Delhi State Haj Committee on Friday.

Party insiders termed the development a “rehabilitation of sorts” for Mr. Khan, who was the Food and Civil Supplies Minister in 2015.

Mr. Khan was sacked on October 9, 2015 by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who announced his decision during a press conference. Mr. Khan had alleged that his ouster was “scripted” and that he had fallen prey to “internal party politics”.

The allegations were probed by the CBI, which exonerated him. Party sources said that following his exoneration, Mr. Khan was “brought back into the fold”, “participated in many strategic meetings” and played a significant role in campaigning for AAP during the Lok Sabha election.

“There was just some misunderstanding [between the party and him] but I kept standing with the party through thick and thin. This is a message to everyone in the community... the party stands with them as much as it does with me,” Mr. Khan told The Hindu.

“Thanks to your wishes I have today taken charge of the Haj Committee. God willing those proceeding on the holy pilgrimage will be taken care of as much as possible. CHAIRMAN HAJ COMMITTEE your brother Asim Ahmed Khan Matia Mahal MLA Aam Aadmi Party [Sic.],” Mr. Khan tweeted.

AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “He [Mr. Khan] was expelled from the Cabinet as soon as serious allegations surfaced against him as per our policy of zero toleration for graft. He was exonerated of those charges, not by an agency under the Delhi government but by the CBI which functions under the Centre, which leaves no space for anyone to doubt his credentials.”

The Delhi State Haj Committee is responsible for the receipt, scrutiny and selection by draw of lots, of applications for the Haj Pilgrimage. It also selects volunteers to look after the welfare of the pilgrims from Delhi when they are in Saudi Arabia.


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