Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar Saturday claimed in a public letter that the AAP had taken Rs 50 crore from him and offered him a Rajya Sabha seat. He also alleged that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had asked him to bring 20-30 people on board to contribute Rs 500 crore to the party in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in 2016. The AAP called the allegations absurd.
Sukesh is lodged in Mandoli jail, and has also been accused there of bribing jail officials to get preferential treatment. Sukesh had earlier written a letter to L-G VK Saxena and alleged that Home Minister Satyendar Jain, who is in jail in relation to a case of alleged money laundering, had asked him for ‘protection money’ while he was in prison. The L-G had forwarded the letter to the chief secretary and asked him to take action as per law.
Reacting to Kejriwal’s tweet which had referred to Sukesh as a thug and his allegations as a distraction from the Morbi bridge collapse, Sukesh said he would initiate defamation proceedings against the CM next week. He claimed that Kejriwal had attended a dinner party with him after the delivery of Rs 50 crore.
Reacting to Sukesh’s allegations, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “The BJP is very worried about the outcome of the Gujarat and Delhi municipal polls and its desperation is so evident that a conman like Sukesh is now its star campaigner. Who is Sukesh? Many wouldn’t know. When Ranbaxy’s Shivinder Singh and his brother were in jail, Sukesh demanded Rs 215 crore from Singh’s wife, and the money he demanded was first in the name of the law secretary, home secretary and then in the name of Home Minister Amit Shah… I want to ask, if Sukesh is that much of a wise man who never lies, where is the money, where is the Rs 215 crore he took in the name of Amit Shah… Where have the BJP and Shah kept that money?”
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia called the allegations against Kejriwal “absurd” and targeted the BJP for “making a deal” with Sukesh. “The BJP is afraid it will lose badly in Gujarat and in the MCD polls, which is why it has made a deal with a conman in Tihar —that he will make baseless allegations against Kejriwal every day and, in return, the BJP will help him with his case.”