Today, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik said he welcomes the ‘Enforcement Directorate’s action’ in connection with Pune Waqf Board’s alleged land scam case as the minorities ministry under which the Waqf Board falls has already started a clean-up action.

Referring to certain news, Malik cited that reports suggest that he is in trouble as ED has taken up some cases pertaining to his ministry. Responding to the news, he said ED is ‘more than welcome’, and he will cooperate with them in every possible way. “If there is a campaign to threaten me or to malign my image because of the fight that we have started against central agencies, then I would say Maharashtra government, Maharashtra ministers, leaders do not get scared by central agencies,” Nawab Malik added.

Speaking further, Malik informed that there has been no raid in the Waqf Board office. “The agency can only clarify whether Devendra Fadnavis made the complaint or not. I only came to know that there have been some raids and that television channels are saying Nawab Malik is in trouble,” he added.

Reportedly, the ED conducted raids and search operations at seven different places in Pune and one place in Aurangabad. The raids were conducted in connection with the Pune Waqf Board land scam case involving irregularities amounting to Rs. 10 crores.

He added that after he took charge of the department, Waqf Board has the full freedom to work according to the act. Also for the first time in the history of Maharashtra, 10 members of the Waqf Board have been appointed, he said.

Nawab mentioned a few details of the alleged scam, and said action has already been taken by his ministry against the scam. An FIR was filed and five people were arrested in connection with the case. He mentioned that three people have got bail.

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