The criminal investigation department (CID) has found that some waqf officials played a key role in the scam; this was found during investigating fresh complaints of misappropriation of properties owned by Maharashtra State Board of Waqf.
Deputy Superintendent of police Sudhakar Suradkar, who is the investigation officer, told that the CID was dealing with fresh complaints only. “Preliminary inquiry into the cases has revealed some waqf officials, as well as ‘muttawalis’ (caretakers), played a vital role in the alleged misappropriation of prime properties.”
Sudhakar Suradkar said, “Everything was done cleverly and we have found desperate attempts have been made not to leave any written evidence behind.”
The probe was launched about two months ago on the order of the state government.
The officer confirmed confiscation of some crucial records from the state waqf headquarters in Aurangabad and said the documents would play a crucial role in catching the suspects, including land sharks and waqf authorities.