BJP today hit out at Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly running a secret spy unit that was allegedly used for snooping on a private entity.
The Bharatiya Janata Party today hit out at Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly running a secret spy unit that was allegedly used for snooping on a private entity. A revelation in this regard was made by Times Now on Thursday. CBI is now investigating the entire case against Kejriwal and his government. While addressing a press conference in the National Capital today, BJP charged the Kejriwal government of running a ‘spy unit’ on government money, adding “the unit worked under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal”. “Privately a spying agency was run from the CM’s office. Interestingly it is called a feedback unit. It was unconstitutional, unethical and illegal,” BJP MP Minakshi Lekhi told a press conference. Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said the AAP government should declare details, including what cases were handled by the unit. “We want to know whether this unit worked for people or Aam Admi Party,” he said.
Here are all that have been revealed by Times Now about the secret spy unit, also called the “feedback unit” formed and run by Kejriwal on public money:
- According to a Times Now investigation, Kejriwal had formed a secret ‘Feedback Unit’ under the Vigilance department to keep an eye on corruption in public bodies. However, it was found that neither the Vigilance department nor the Delhi police had any information about this unit. Delhi police come under the Union government.
- Kejriwal government had marked a separate fund for the so-called “feedback unit” but the documents didn’t have any mention of the details of expenditure on this secret fund.
- Not many people, even those in the government, know what was the real purpose of the “feedback unit”. No Cabinet note was prepared when this unit was set up.
- A secret service fund of around Rs 1 crore was marked for this “feedback unit”. Retired and serving intelligence bureau officers and some retired police officers were made a part of this unit.
- According to Delhi government, the idea behind setting up the unit was to weed out corruption in public bodies. However, Vigilance department report has contradicted the Delhi government’s claim.
- While on paper, the unit was attached to Vigilance department, it was reporting only to CM Kejriwal. Since the setting up of the unit, Delhi government didn’t make any announcement of the incident of corruption exposed by the said unit. No outcome of the probes carried out by the unit came to the notice of the Vigilance department.
- It was found that Kejriwal government had paid Rs 50,000 to an individual named Kailash Chand to probe alleged corruption by Kalka Public School, a private educational institution located at Alaknanda in South Delhi. Kejriwal’s office told the vigilance department that Rs 50,ooo was used to try and expose corruption in the school. However, the vigilance department couldn’t find any evidence of the sting operation conducted by Kailash Chand. The said spy was found to be fake as he was not on the payroll of the vigilance department.
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- The alleged snooping against the school was illegal as the Prevention of Corruption 1988 doesn’t apply to private entities. By snooping against the school, if proved, the Kejriwal government has committed the crime of using taxpayers’ money for spying against private bodies.
- Delhi L-G Anil Baijal has ordered the shutdown of the said spy unit of Arvind Kejriwal.