Maharashtra Minority Development Minister Nawab Malik on Thursday said that he was not scared of central agencies after the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids in connection with an alleged land scam case involving the Pune Waqf Board, reported the Hindustan Times. The Waqf Board falls under his ministry.

“News reports are claiming that now Nawab Malik will be in trouble as ED [Enforcement Directorate] has taken up some cases pertaining to his ministry,” Malik said at a press conference. “I want to say ED is more than welcome and we will cooperate with them in every possible way.”

He added: “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.”

The central agency on Thursday morning conducted raids at seven locations in Pune and one place in Aurangabad in connection with the alleged scam involving irregularities of Rs 10 crore.

During his press conference, Malik clarified that the Waqf Board office was not raided.

Malik said that his ministry has already taken action on the alleged scam. He said that a first information report has been filed and five people have been arrested in…

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