The AAP and the BJP continued to trade charges over alleged irregularities committed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and secretary to the chief minister, Rajendra Kumar.
On Friday, The Indian Express had reported that three companies — Stream Marketing Private Limited, Ultimate IT Solutions Private Limited and Advent Trading Private Limited — which were named in a report of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for financial irregularities, worked from a common address in East Delhi’s Arvind Nagar. The address was, however, found to be occupied by a dairy, a dispensary and a garment shop.
The AAP targeted Jaitley again Saturday. “Mr Jaitley has consistently justified spending Rs 114 crore for a contract which was tendered at one-fifth of this cost (just Rs 24 crore), and said he is proud of making a world-class stadium. Today, we expose the expertise Mr Jaitley hired to make his world-class stadium at five times the original estimate — the expertise of the likes of Naresh Chand Sharma who was paid lakhs of rupees through various companies, in which he has been shown as director,” said a statement by the party.
When contacted by The Indian Express, Sharma had denied any knowledge about the DDCA and said he had never been to the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium. “I sell agarbatti door-to-door,” said Sharma.
The AAP also posed a fresh set of questions for Jaitley. “Please answer who pocketed the money that was paid to Sharma and others like him. Mr Jaitley, you still have the opportunity to expose professional criminals who, in connivance with you, carried out this fraud with precision,” said the statement.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta put five questions for the Delhi government. “Chief Minister calls the CBI an agency working at the behest of the Central government. Lokayukta has since been appointed in Delhi. Will the Chief Minister hand over Rajendra Kumar’s case to the Lokayukta?” said Gupta.
Senior bureaucrats meet CM
Senior bureaucrats of the Delhi government met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday and urged him to ensure a “conducive atmosphere” that would allow them to work in a “free and neutral manner”.
“If the CM’s secretary can be targeted, any officer can be targeted,” said a senior bureaucrat. They also demanded an “institutional mechanism” for dealing with bona fide policy decisions and administrative actions. The AGMUT cadre IAS Officers’ Association also sought an appointment with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the Union home secretary to take up issues concerning bureaucrats.
“The bureaucracy should be insulated from politics so that there is no impediment to their work,” said a bureaucrat.