Big setback for Arvind Kejriwal; Ajay Maken says Shunglu Committee report found serious corruption charges against Delhi CM

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New Delhi | Updated: Apr 05, 2017 11:15 PM

In his second tweet he cleared that report was given to him in reply to a RTI filed by him and exposes the corruption of Kejriwal government

ajay maken, maken, arvind kejriwal, kejriwal, delhi cm arvind kejriwal, Shunglu Committee Report, aam aadmi party, aap corruptionAjay Maken will release the Shunglu Committee Report on Thursday at AICC. (Source: PTI)

Congress leader Ajay Maken in a stunning revelation took to Twitter on Wednesday evening and said that he has proof of corrupt practices against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He posted two tweets on the social media website to state that he had got the Shunglu Committee Report through RTI that examined 404 files of Kejriwal government. “just got Shunglu Committee Report through RTI! It examined 404 Files of Kejriwal Govt. Serious cases of Corruption found!” said Maken in his first tweet.

The three-member Shangulu committee, formed by the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, has pointed out “gross abuse of power” by the Arvind Kejriwal government in its report.The committee has flagged decisions including the allotment of land to the AAP for its party office, appointment of Minister Satyendra Jain’s daughter as “mission director” of Delhi State Health Mission and a number of purported AAP functionaries as “advisors”. The report observes that the genesis of the conflict lay in an April 2015 order issued by Kejriwal to all the departments. It directed officers to take decisions without consulting the Lt Governor on all subjects that have been transferred to the Delhi Assembly under Article 239AA(3)a of the Indian Constitution.

In his second tweet, he cleared that report was given to him in reply to a RTI filed by him and exposes the corruption of Kejriwal government. Ajay Maken said that he will be releasing the report on Thursday at 12 Noon at AICC.

The report which runs into over 100 pages deals with decisions, including appointment of certain individuals as advisors to the government, taken by Kejriwal and his Cabinet where it had no authority do so and without the LG’s concurrence. “In pursuance of the directions of the CM in April 2015, it became the practice among ministers not to obtain the approval of the LG and to provide approval at their level,” it said. Among other issues, the report raised questions on the government posting officers to the Anti-Corruption Branch, its decisions on transfer and appointments of officers, foreign travel undertaken by ministers without the LG’s sanction and appointment of lawyers.

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Earlier in the day, Maken was in the news but for completely different reasons as many party workers hit out at hiom for irregularities in ticket distribution for the upcoming MCD polls.

“We are angry with the system of ticket distribution. Ajay Maken who is the president is responsible since he decides everything on his own,” Mangat Ram Singhal, minister under the former Shiela Dikshit regime, said. Four family members of a party leader have been given tickets. There are also complaints of use of money which needs to be clarified by Maken,” Singhal added.

Addressing the media at Rajya Sabha MP Parvez Hashmi’s residence here, he said the party leaders were “dissatisfied” with the ticket distribution for the April 23 polls, and will approach Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi in this regard. “I called him several times, but could not talk to him. It is not just a matter of deciding who distributes the tickets, the question is of party’s future in Delhi,” a Congress leader stated.

(with input from agency)

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