AAP government suspends three transport officials for alleged corruption

The officials -- identified as S Roy Biswas, Deputy Commissioner, Manish Puri, Inspector, and Anil Yadav, UDC -- were placed under suspension with immediate effect

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 27, 2015 2:08 am
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The Delhi government Saturday suspended three officials of the transport department on charges of corruption, over alleged irregularities in the distribution of Letters of Intent (LoIs) to new autorickshaws.

The decision to suspend the three officials — Deputy Commissioner S Roy Biswas, Inspector Manish Puri and Upper Division Clerk Anil Yadav — was taken at a meeting early Saturday morning, called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The meeting was attended by Transport Minister Gopal Rai, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Public Works Department Minister Satyendar Jain and other senior officials.

The CM had received complaints about LoIs being issued randomly, despite orders to distribute them in chronological order, said officials. He also heard that the letters were allegedly being handed out to financiers, dealers and middlemen instead of applicants, they said.

Later in the day, Sisodia tweeted, “The matter would be handed over to CBI. This govt cannot tolerate corruption at any level”.

Elaborating on the issue, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “On December 23, I received some complaints about irregularities in issuance of Letters of Intent to auto drivers at Burari Authority of the transport department, following which I held a meeting with the joint commissioner (transport) and other senior officers and issued directions to probe the matter”.

In the meeting, the government also decided to scrap the 932 LoIs issued by the transport department so far and put on hold the issuance process, which began five days earlier.

“The process, which was stuck for almost a year, was kicked off recently. Because there were 17,000 applicants and only 10,000 autorickshaw permits being handed out, the transport officials were supposed to issue LoIs for the permits on a first-come-first-serve basis. But we saw that they were randomly issuing LoIs to persons at the end of the list and most of them were financiers,” said Rajinder Soni, general secretary of the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh.

“Autorickshaw drivers realised something was amiss and complained to the government. We demand a CBI inquiry into the matter and the arrest of these financiers,” he added.


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  1. A
    Dec 27, 2015 at 12:43 am
    At least 70 of my friends have NOT watched DILWALE in theaters. PLEASE UPDATE if similar is the case around you. The money saved is being used to distribute blankets to the needy.
    1. J
      Dec 26, 2015 at 8:48 am
      No bureaucrat ready to work in dilli. The day will come when everything will come to grinding halt
      1. M
        Dec 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm
        Kejriwal, if you are serious about corruption, why are you not taking action against your secretary, who has been charged with corruption?
        1. N
          Dec 26, 2015 at 1:45 pm
          Before elections, Kejriwal and AAP made big drama about Sheila Dixit's corruption. The AAP movement itself was born due to its stand against Congress's corruption. Now, after cheating people and after coming to power, Kejriwal has totally forgotten about Congress's corruption. Not a word about National Herald case. No longer concerned about 2G, Coalgate, etc., Worse still, Kejriwal has now formed informal alliance with the same corrupt forces. By taking action against a couple of small officials on petty issues, Kejriwal is trying to fool the public that he is still serious about corruption.
          1. P
            Dec 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm
            Most of the way people are corrupt. It's an off shoot of Congress party because their seems to be a consensus between the two as nothing happened to neither Sheila dixit, sibal sonia,vadra,Salman khur...etc? They are fooling and cheating people of pay hikes and not working. Just morchas eating tax payers money going to politicians without benefiting common man .
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