Two-days after the Anti-Corruption Branch raided the Delhi Waqf Board office, AAP MLA Amantullah Khan resigned as its chairman and also offered to resign as MLA and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member to the party claiming that he was being "framed in false cases".
A case of sexual harassment has been registered against Khan in southeast Delhi's Jamia Nagar Police station on a complaint by his relative. Complainant has also accused her husband of demanding dowry and building pressure on her to get intimate with the AAP legislator.
A case under IPC sections 354(A)(sexual harassment), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) has been registered against Amanatullah and the woman's husband and probe is on, a senior police officer said.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party has not accepted Khan's resignation as the MLA and PAC member even as he is required to submit his resignation as the legislator to Delhi Assembly Speaker as per the laid down rules.
Crying foul play, Khan alleged he was being framed in false cases as he is an MLA of Aam Aadmi Party and was exposing corruption in the Waqf Board.
"I and my wife have nothing to do with my brother-in-law's wife for four years. She has framed me in wrong case. On Board's land, a hotel has come up and that I raised this issue and registered complaint with ACB. I had also exposed financial irregularities of Rs 280 crore in the Board.
"I wanted to construct schools, hospitals on Board's land. What is my fault? Why am I being framed? Because,I was the Chairman of Waqf Board and exposing corruption in it one by one," Khan told reporters here.
Asked whether he has resigned from all posts, he replied he has quit from all posts including as MLA, PAC member, saying that he is just a party worker now. On Khan's resignation offer, AAP state convenor Dilip Pandey said, "He (Khan) has said what he had to. It is now up to the media to interpret the way it wants to."
In his letter, Khan stated that he has "run out of patience" of issuing clarifications to the public pleading innocence over a number of allegations levelled against him and his family members.
"Some people dislike my honesty and service and false allegations are being levelled against me and my family to frame us. I want to be free from all the responsibilities given to me by the government and therefore I tender my resignation from all the posts," Khan said.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly on Friday, Khan defended himself saying he had made the "contractual" recruitments following due procedures. Waqf Board was reeling under shortage of staff which necessitated the appointments, he said. Khan said that at present, police are running after AAP MLAs.
"Police instantly register a case against AAP MLAs without investigating complainant's allegations. But, the force doesn't take action against BJP ministers at the Centre," he said.