While criticising the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi government for its decision to appeal the CBI court’s clean chit to BJP MPs in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Thursday favoured passage of Whistleblowers Bill in Parliament, being pushed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as well.
“The Lok Sabha has passed the Whistleblowers Bill and the same is pending before Rajya Sabha. If there is any window of opportunity for legislation, which is available in this session, I do hope this Bill can be passed at the earliest,” Jaitley said on his website expressing “suprise” at reports of the Kejriwal government’s move to appeal exoneration of BJP MPs in the cash-for-vote scam.
Jaitley said BJP MPs and a few others were “whistleblowers” in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam and that “along with alleged bribe-givers, three whistleblowers were arrested” and the “Special Judge, CBI, in Delhi discharged the three whistleblowers along with some others” last November.
- J&K: Students Suffer As Schools Along LOC Forced To Shut Amid Firing
- Jayalalithaa’s Health: AIADMK Women Supporters Continue Special Prayers For CM
- HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle First Look Video
- Fissures Remain Within Samajwadi Party: All You Need To Know
- Big Cheer For Delhi-Noida Commuters, DND Flyway Becomes Toll Free
- PM Modi Meets New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
- Ex-Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul Left Behind “Secret Notes” Before He Was Found Hanging: Rajkhowa
- Big Relief For Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa: Here’s Why
- Missing For Three Days, JNU Student Found Dead In Hostel Room
- Bigg Boss 10: Review Of October 25 Episode
- Delhi Government’s Rs 200 Crore Riverfront Plan: Find Out More
- School in Jammu & Kashmir’s Bandipore District Set on Fire
- Ajay Devgn On The Making Of Shivaay: Exclusive Interview
- Bodies Of Maoists Killed In Malkangiri Encounter, One Of The Biggest Such Operations
“It, therefore, surprises me that one of the earliest decisions of AAP government would be to challenge discharge of whistleblowers by a competent court,” Jaitley said asserting, “They were wrongly charged, and rightly discharged” and “this judgment was a significant victory for those campaigning for rights of whistleblowers and grant of protection. India needs more whistleblowers so acts of corruption can be exposed”.
“AAP ostensibly claims to be a product of a movement which campaigned for the Lokpal and the whistleblowers legislation,” the senior BJP leader said. He added, “Arvind Kejriwal and his government would now plead for prosecution of whistleblowers comes to me and many others as a matter of surprise”. Jaitley asked whether Kejriwal’s appeal to Delhi public to turn whistleblowers will make them law-breakers.