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New Delhi: Delhi’s ruling AAP on Tuesday complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh against the abrupt transfer by his ministry of Delhi’s VAT commissioner who they said had busted a hawala racket.

A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party leaders made the complaint at a meeting with Rajnath Singh, saying the home ministry did not even consult the Delhi government before shunting out the official.

Calling it a “serious matter”, AAP leader Ashutosh said “an honest officer who busted a hawala racket … was transferred without consultation (with our government)”.

Ashutosh was accompanied by his colleagues Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey.

Value Added Tax Commissioner Vijay Kumar and three other officers of the Delhi government were transferred by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the directions of the home ministry, the AAP said.

“Kumar had tightened the noose around big, influential people who indulged in tax evasion in the national capital. There are great chances that Kumar was removed by the central government under pressure from some big lobby,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had earlier said.

The AAP leaders submitted a memorandum to Rajnath Singh saying the transfer was a “serious matter of corruption and violation of all existing government norms and rules”.

They sought the minister’s immediate intervention.

Pandey later said that the home minister promised to look into the matter.

“Rajnath told us that even the home ministry was not taken into confidence before Kumar’s transfer.”

Later, the AAP leaders also met Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena and demanded “a thorough and impartial probe into this extremely serious matter which involves corruption”.

The AAP leaders said the VAT department of Delhi had unearthed a major hawala racket by raiding several premises in Delhi.

It was found out that more than 200 companies were being run from a room and a known hawala operator, Naresh Jain, was behind it.

“Before the operator could be nailed, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung abruptly transferred and relieved the VAT Commissioner, flouting all rules and norms.

“The AAP feels it was done to scuttle the probe into the hawala racket.”

(IANS)

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.