NEW DELHI—Stating that all its activities are “totally transparent” and its accounts are “audited and submitted to Income Tax Department and the Charity Commissioner annually”, the Human Welfare Foundation(HWF), who offices in New Delhi’s Abul Fazal Enclave in Jamia area, were raided by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday, said that “the Foundation is ready to cooperate with NIA and all other government agencies in investigation”. Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has dissociated itself with the HWF.
A media statement issued by its general secretary T. Arif Ali said that the NIA sleuths had detained HWF’s treasurer Mohammad Jafar and its acting chief executive officer (CEO) Noufal P K for questioning. They were under detention and interrogation till the filing of this news.
Giving details about seizures, Mr. Ali said, “NIA sleuths took away some files, documents and laptops/computers of the account department, acting chief executive officer and public relations department of the HWF”.
He said that the HWF’s core areas of activity are education, health, employment, developing water sources like installation of tubewells, digging of wells, microfinance, relief and rehabilitation works since last 12 years throughout the length and breadth of the country.
Mr. Ali said that the HWF conducted all its activities “within legal framework and within the purview of the Constitution of the country”.
The HWF, according to him, is an umbrella body under which several registered NGOs are working in the country.
He said that the focus areas of the HWF were poverty-stricken areas in North and Northeast region of the country where a large number of people were living below poverty line.
Mr Ali said that the HWF was also working for women empowerment through self-help groups and livelihood projects. It is successfully running many hospitals, schools and dispensaries in different parts of the country.
He said that HWF’s services had been appreciated by many senior government officers and departments and many political leaders had also inaugurated or attended HWF’s developmental programmes and activities.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind objects to linking it with HWF, threatens legal action against media
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), Indian Muslims’ biggest socio-cultural organization, has taken strong objection to media linking it with HWF and threatened to initiate legal action against the media indulging into “maligning” it.
The media has associated the Jamaat with HWF after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) having conducted raids at HWF’s offices at Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, Okhla, New Delhi, on Thursday.
In a statement to the media, Syed Tanveer Ahmed, Jamaat’s media in-charge, said that “many news channels, especially the Republic TV, have projected that the HWF is a part of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind but the fact is that the HWF is a separate legal entity and there is no legal subordination or subsidiaryship of the Jamaat over the HWF”.
Mr. Ahmed cautioned the news media not to malign the image of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. He said that “this deliberate attempt of maligning the name of the Jamaat by media houses is a matter of serious concern and we will take appropriate legal step if so advised”.