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Aam Aadmi Party stands by officials being probed for corruption

Senior leader Ashutosh claimed that Sanghi was threatened of dire consequences by a joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2015 5:39:10 am
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The Aam Aadmi Party Thursday defended senior government officials Rajendra Kumar and Chetan Sanghi, who are facing allegations of corruption, and claimed that the duo was being targeted as they were involved in probing alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

The party said that 22 days after Sanghi filed a report that highlighted irregularities in the DDCA, a case of corruption was registered against him by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and Kumar was accused of corruption after files related to the alleged scam in the cricket body reached his office.

“Questions are being raised on why (Chief Minister Arvind) Kejriwal appointed a corrupt official like Rajendra Kumar, someone who has served for 27 years. Has there ever been a probe over allegations of corruption against him? In the last 27 years, there has not been a single corruption case against Rajendra Kumar. The media should not distort facts. It is also claiming that Rs 28 lakh was recovered from his salary account. Does a salary account contain unaccounted money,” said senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh. “Also, who would keep unaccounted money in their salary account of all places?”

AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said, “A three-member committee headed by senior IAS officer Chetan Sanghi was formed to probe the financial irregularities in DDCA. On November 17, the committee submitted a report to the chief minister, highlighting glaring irregularities and recommended setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to thoroughly probe the matter”.

Senior leader Ashutosh claimed that Sanghi was threatened of dire consequences by a joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He said that 22 days after the senior official indicted office-bearers of DDCA, the ACB registered a case of corruption against him in connection with some decisions allegedly taken by him several years ago, during the tenure of the Sheila Dikshit-led government.

“The Aam Aadmi Party did not question the timing of the action, despite it being suspect, because it did not want to impede the probe or shield any officer. When the Sanghi Committee report reached the chief minister’s office and it began the process of setting up a Commission of Inquiry to probe the irregularities in the affairs of the DDCA, the CBI, again controlled by Narendra Modi and his government, promptly registered a case of corruption against Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to the chief minister, and conducted raids in connection with some of the decisions he took during Sheila Dikshit’s regime,” the party said.

“The party still did not question the timing of the action because it did not want to impede the probe or shield any officer. It only exposed the fact that the raid, in fact, was carried out at the chief minister’s office where the probe report pertaining to the DDCA was kept. In a surprise move, the CBI did not even go the departments where the files related to the alleged dealings and contracts were kept.

“The search and seizure memo issued by the CBI after the raids exposed the agency and the Modi government as the files taken in possession by the agency included cabinet decisions of the Delhi government and the file movement register of Arvind Kejriwal’s office. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who happens to be a prime suspect in the DDCA scam, lied through his teeth on the floor of the Rajya Sabha and… stands exposed by us,” the party added.

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