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New Delhi: Days after allegations of corruption were levelled against Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi in a property deal, the AAP government on Tuesday directed Vigilance department to file an FIR against the top cop.

According to reports, the Arvind Kejriwal government further instructed the Registrar of Cooperative Society to demolish the illegal construction.

Bassi had denied the “false” allegations of corruption in a property deal levelled against him by the Delhi government, vowing to take the “corrupt to their graveyard”.

The AAP government was considering filing charges against Bassi over alleged “impropriety involving a cooperative society flat in West Delhi’s Rohini where a member of the society was allegedly illegally expelled in 1990 to allocate a flat to the police commissioner.”

In another charge, Bassi allegedly did not disclose that he already owned another flat while availing a plot under a civil services welfare society making the deal illegal. Later, he allegedly indulged in another impropriety in 1998 when he sold off the apartment to his younger brother, Ravi Bassi, for Rs 11 lakh which is less than prevailing market rate so as to save on stamp duty.

A document from the state government copy of which is with NewsGram shows that Bassi ‘to cover up his wrongdoings’ sold that flat to his brother at significantly lower than the market price.

BS Bassi

BS Bassi

It adds, “The consideration shown in the conveyance deed was dishonestly shown much lower than the actual market price…to cheat the government to pay less stamp duty and registration fee.”

A visibly upset and angry police commissioner said on Friday that a police officer cannot make dubious deals.

“CP Delhi does not work behind the veil. I have not even taken a bribe of 25 paise. I have not received any complaint. The corrupt are calling me corrupt. I will take the corrupt to their graveyard,” Bassi vowed.

AAP leader Ashutosh slammed Bassi for his threatening remarks: “Even if there are charges, does it merit such language? The police commissioner issued an open threat to kill.”

It is alleged that Bassi “obtained a residential plot measuring 500 Sq M in 1998 through fraudulently obtaining the membership of Civil Services Officers Welfare Society New Delhi.”

The state government document alleges that “Bassi dishonestly and fraudulently, to cheat both the societies, did not inform the Lucky Housing Society about his subsequent membership of the Civil Services Officers Welfare Society (CSOWS).”

A possible transaction of black money in the sale of the flat 39 in Lucky Housing Society in also under the scanner of Delhi government.

It is further alleged that while acquiring the possession of flat 39, Bassi had not paid what known as equalisation charge, at 24% per annum. The police commissioner is accused of abusing his influence as the DCP, North Delhi, his designation at the time of purchasing this flat.

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Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

A big blow to the Aam Aadmi Party after the Election Commission recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs

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Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia commons
Arvind Kejriwal's party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons
  • The EC recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs under the ‘office of profit’ pretext
  • AAP looks forward to approaching the Delhi High court
  • The controversy started after Prashant Patel had submitted an application to the President

The Election Commission has recommended the disqualification 20 AAP MLAs. The EC found them guilty of holding an ‘office of profit’. The recommendation has been sent to the President. If cleared, the disqualification would mean that AAP’s strength in Delhi Assembly will reduce from 67 to 47.

The 20 AAP legislators were accused of being unconstitutionally appointed as parliamentary secretaries to assist various ministers of the Delhi government. The EC’s opinion on this matter means that the AAP legislators are set to be disqualified, which could soon force a mini Assembly election in the national capital.

The party now looks forward to approach the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation be struck down. Wikimedia Commons
The party now looks forward to approaching the Delhi High Court, pleading that the recommendation is struck down. Wikimedia Commons

“This is unprecedented. The MLAs in question didn’t get a chance to present their case before the EC. In fact, we didn’t hear the news from the EC, but news channels,” AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said.

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Opposition parties have demanded the immediate resignation of Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi on moral ground.

The ‘office of profit’ controversy had started after a lawyer, Prashant Patel, had filed an application in 2015 to the President’s office. It questioned the appointment of AAP MLAs as parliamentary secretaries.

The Congress had filed a petition in Election Commission in 2016 as a follow-up, based on this application. The opposition party sought disqualification of 21 AAP MLAs.

Kejriwal had appointed MLAs in March 2015 and his government passed an amendment to the Delhi Members of Legislative Assembly (Removal of Disqualification) Act, 1997, in June 2015. Wikimedia Commons

AAP had argued that this post did not qualify as an office of profit as there is no monetary benefit attached to it. But then President Pranab Mukherjee refused to give assent, following which the appointments were set aside by the Delhi High Court in September 2016, declaring them illegal since the order had been passed “without concurrence/approval of the Lt Governor”.

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In the first reaction to the EC recommendation, AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted:

Here’s the list of 20 MLAs who have been recommended to be disqualified: 

1. Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli)
2. Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar)
3. Praveen Kumar (Jangpura)
4. Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar)
5. Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka)
6. Sanjeev Jha (Burari)
7. Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar)
8. Sukhvir Singh (Mundka)
9. Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar)
10. Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar)
11. Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk)
12. Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri)
13. Anil Kumar Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar)
14. Manoj Kumar (Kondli)
15. Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh)
16. Avtar Singh (Kalkaji)
17. Vijendar Garg Vijay (Rajinder Nagar)
18. Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur)
19. Sharad Kumar (Narela)
20. Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar)