Chennai MLA, four others sentenced for fraud
The five accepted relief in foreign currency without permission of government, Reserve Bank of India
A Chennai court has convicted M H Jawaharullah, the then state president of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (now MLA) and four others in a cheating case filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Jawaharullah and S Hyder Ali, the then state general secretary, were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a year. H Sayed Nizar Ahmed, the then state deputy president and G M Shiek and Nalla Mohmed Kalanjim, the then authorised signatories of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund and members of the said organization, were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two years. A total fine of Rs 1.40 lakh was also imposed on them.
A case registered against them stated that from 15 December 1997 to 20 June 2000, they formed an association in the name and style of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund and accepted foreign contributions without the prior permission of the Central government.
They received foreign contribution of nearly Rs 15,488,000 (approximately). It was deposited in the account of Coimbatore Muslim Relief Fund opened and maintained at Bank of India, Sowcarpet branch, Chennai without the registration or prior permission from the government and Reserve Bank of India, as required under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act, 1976.