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Kejriwal suspends Delhi bureaucrat for involvement in bribery case

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday suspended senior Delhi bureaucrat Sanjay Pratap Singh after he was detained by Central Bureau of Investigation in a bribery case.

The 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer is the Principal Secretary of the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Minorities in the Delhi government.

Singh had allegedly demanded Rs 2.2 lakh from the complainant who provided security guards and subordinate staff to the department. He had allegedly sought the bribe to clear the firm’s monthly bills. The owner of the firm, who also works as an AAP volunteer in East Delhi, had lodged a complaint with the CBI.

The Principal Secretary asked the complainant to hand over the amount to his personal assistant Ramesh Kumar.

The complainant approached Delhi chief minister in this regard and thereafter decided to set up a trap to catch the official in flagrante delicto with the help of CBI. A CBI team, which had been tailing Kumar, caught him and Singh red-handed, said sources.

Notably, the Aam Admi Party and its government claim to have zero tolerance towards corruption. One of the party’s senior-most officers was also fired recently for alleged involvement in corruption.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Congress Solicits FIR Against Arvind Kejriwal Alleging Bribery Charges

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May 07, 2017: The Congress on Sunday demanded the Modi government to initiate criminal action against Arvind Kejriwal over bribery allegations and asked him to step down as Delhi’s Chief Minister.

A day after being sacked as Water Minister, Aam Aadmi Party legislator Kapil Mishra claimed he saw Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain handing out Rs 2 crore to the Chief Minister at his residence.

Mishra also alleged that Jain informed him about “settling land deals worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal’s relative”.

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Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken told the media that Mishra’s claims were not mere allegations but testimony of an eyewitness warranting initiation of criminal proceedings against Kejriwal.

“Mishra’s claim that Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore is not mere allegation rather an affidavit before the public of what he saw. He is saying what he saw as an eyewitness. The Centre, the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the CBI should immediately take action and register a FIR against Kejriwal.

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“Kejriwal has no moral right to continue as the Chief Minister. He should immediately resign,” said Maken.

He said the AAP, which governs Delhi, was “riddled with corruption”.

“Six of the seven AAP ministers including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia are facing corruption charges,” he said.

Maken alleged that the Modi government was reluctant to take action against the Kejriwal government.

“Corruption charges against AAP are nothing new. The Shunglu Committee indicted the AAP government of serious corruption charges but we have seen no action.

“The BJP is very vocal in criticising the Kejriwal government but when it comes to taking action there is a reluctance. The charges made by Mishra are very serious and cannot be dismissed. The Centre has to take action.”

Maken said the Congress will launch a signature campaign in Delhi from Tuesday and hand over 10 lakh signatures to Kejriwal as a referendum on the AAP. IANS

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