New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia’s press conference on Wednesday clearly showed that the Aam Admi Party was on a back foot following the CBI raid on the principal secretariat of Arvind Kejriwal, Rajendra Kumar’s office.
Here are reasons that show that the AAP was clearly on the back foot:
Sisodia walks out: A visibly irked Manish Sisodia left the press conference when he was asked questions on Transparency International India.
The walkout clearly showed that the question left Sisodia speechless. He had nothing to answer to the journalists.
Reportedly, officials of corruption watchdog Transparency International said that it was in May that the body wrote to Arvind Kejriwal asking him to probe into Rajender Kumar.
The watchdog alleged that Kejriwal did not look into the issue.
Sisodia dodging the media clearly indicates that he was disturbed by the question.
Sisodia lashes out at Jaitley: Sisodia categorically stated that Jaitley’s statement in the parliament regarding the CBI raid was false.
Instead of clarifying issues regarding the raid, Sisodia resorted to personal attack.
Sisodia unleashed a barrage of allegations on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a very personal manner.
Sisodia’s problem with the files: Sisodia openly expressed his disgust with the raid.
“I want to categorically say that it was CM’s office where the raid was conducted, DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) files were looked into,” Sisodia told the media.
“File movement register of the chief minister’s office has been seized. If the raid was not about the chief minister’s present term, why was the register seized?
“If this was not a raid at the CM’s office, then why was CM office’s file movement register of November-December seized?
It was only after the raid that Sisodia alleged that DDCA had corruption.
It was really strange that only after the raid that the AAP realized there was corruption in the DDCA. This clearly shows that AAP leadership is trying to juice the political mileage as has been its habit for the last few months.
AAP chooses to sell itself as a party with zero tolerance towards corruption but that veil is wearing thinner. It is bizarre that they are crying over spilt milk as if they cannot constitute another enquiry in to the alleged DDCA irregularities. It must also be noted that DDCA doesn’t fall under Delhi government’s jurisdiction.
Since 2013, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has chosen to ignore three warnings and serious allegations of graft against his Principal Secretary and IAS officer Rajendra Kumar, raising pertinent questions over the AAP leader’s commitment to rid the country of the scourge of corruption.
After the CBI raids on Kumar, an apparently agitated Kejriwal said he would have taken action himself had he been informed about it, vowing to “not spare even my own son if accused of corruption”.
If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn't they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him(2/2)
However, the India chapter of global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) claims it wrote to the Delhi CM in May this year urging him to probe serious allegations of corruption against Kumar. Yet, Kejriwal took no action in this regard against his former IIT batchmate.
“We had sent a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in May this year after we received complaints charging IAS officer Rajendra Kumar with involvement in serious cases of graft. Though we do not wish to disclose the name of the complainant at this point of time, we have also not received any response from the CM,” TI-India Executive Director Ashutosh Sharma said on Tuesday.
NewsGram spoke to TI-India Deputy Director Pankaj Kumar in this regard. However, the organization refused to share any further information than what has already been released to media, lest questions should be raised about their neutrality.
“We’re a neutral, non-government, non-party and not-for-profit organization. Therefore, we do not wish to indulge in politics. Whatever we wanted to share with regard to graft allegation against Rajendra Kumar was shared with media yesterday. We have nothing to add to what has already been conveyed, lest we should be seen taking sides,” Pankaj Kumar told NewsGram.
But this was not the first time Kejriwal was warned about Rajendra Kumar. In 2013, as Kejriwal was en route to the historic Ramlila Maidan to take an oath as the Chief Minister of Delhi, AAP volunteer Om Prakash sent an email to him raising a red flag against the IAS officer. NewsGram is in possession of the email that Kejriwal apparently chose to ignore.
“Dear Arvind Kejriwal ji, I humbly wish to bring it to your notice the IAS officer Rajendra Kumar whom you have appointed as your Principal Secretary was Education Director in Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government. Kumar then together with Sandeep Dikshit established a computer firm, causing a loss of crores of rupees to the Education department which continues unabated till date. All relevant contracts were not allotted to the National Information Centre (NIC). Rather they appointed persons known to them in the computer department. Please look into the matter and take appropriate action, lest a corrupt official becomes part of an honest government, sabotaging its credibility,” Om Prakash wrote (in Hindi) to Kejriwal on December 27, 2013.
NewsGram spoke to Om Prakash in this regard.
“Truth is the truth and I believe that sooner or later justice gets delivered. I considered Kejriwal ji an honest person. That is why before he took the oath as Delhi Chief Minister, I warned him about Rajendra Kumar. However, surprisingly he did not take any action. In fact, when I tried to meet him later in 2014, I was forcibly shown the door of his office. I am just a common man and a teacher. I had high hopes for AAP, but it is a pity that Kejriwal chose to ignore my warnings,” Om Prakash told NewsGram.
Prakash said, apart from this, he also tried to bring to Kejriwal’s notice the alleged irregularities in purchasing of over 500 soundproof generators by Rajendra Kumar for schools in Delhi which still remain unused and in a shabby condition. He also met Education Minister Manish Sisodia in this regard in 2013.
“Sisodia told me that relevant files were missing from the Delhi Secretariat,” Om Prakash said.
Furthermore, the CBI raid reportedly came following a complaint filed in July this year with the CBI and the anti-corruption branch of the state government by former member-secretary of the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) Ashish Joshi, accusing Kumar of indulging in graft. Joshi was dismissed by the AAP government after he sparred with AAP leader Ashish Khetan and was repatriated to his parent cadre; i.e. the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in May.
Kejriwal and DDC Chairman Ashish Khetan later wrote to the telecom ministry alleging that Joshi was on several occasions found smoking and chewing tobacco in his office.
However, Joshi on July 13 reportedly filed a complaint with the CBI alleging that Kumar, along with his friends “had floated a company which he later got empanelled with a public sector unit for doing works for departments without tenders.” His complaint culminated in the CBI raid on Tuesday.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal found himself on the back foot on Wednesday when several of his claims targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with regard to the CBI’s alleged raid in his office were disputed by the Centre and some legal experts.
Targeting secretary Rajendra Kumar Singh, CBI officials swooped on Kejriwal’s office at the Delhi Secretariat over a 2002 corruption case, triggering a string of angry responses from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader who took office in February 2015, seizing Rs 2.4 lakh and documents related to three immovable properties from Kumar’s official residence.
Here are some facts that expose Kejriwal’s stance:
‘Delhi government has no jurisdiction over DDCA’
Centre on Wednesday disputed Kejriwal’s claim that that the CBI raided his office in search of a Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA) file related to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying that the state government has no jurisdiction over the cricket body.
The real reason for the raid, Kejriwal alleged on Tuesday, was a report of the commission that probed the affairs of DDCA, which he alleged was a den of corruption. Jaitley had been involved for a long time with the DDCA, he said.
“They wanted the file of DDCA… Jaitley figures in it. They came looking for that file,” he told reporters on Tuesday, adding that he was about to order a commission of inquiry into the DDCA scam.
Disputing the claim a senior government functionary reportedly said, “The cricket body is registered as a company and, therefore, comes under the jurisdiction of Registrar of Companies. Only a politician with authoritarian mindset can claim to have the competence to investigate affairs of companies.”
Besides, there is no reason why even after the CBI raid he cannot order the probe into the DDCA scam.
#CBI does not stop U from completing a contemplated action, ie, order a probe into FM or #DDCAScam . Pl proceed to bowl, batsman is waiting.
Kejriwal’s allegation that the CBI raiding team entered his chambers and rummaged through his papers without informing him in advance were questioned by legal experts who say the agency was not legally bound to do so.
CBI lying. My own office raided. Files of CM office are being looked into. Let Modi say which file he wants?
Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday that the CBI should have shared its information with him first about his secretary Rajender Kumar.
According to legal experts, had the CBI informed Kejriwal about the raid, it would have violated Article 14 of the Constitution, opening the possibility of the suspect being forewarned and thus giving him an unlikely advantage over the probe agency.
“Where there are allegations of an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against a public servant, whether high or low, whether decision-maker or not, an independent investigation into such allegations is of utmost importance and unearthing the truth is the goal,” the Supreme Court has ruled.
‘CBI can’t raid honest AAP’
Following the raid, Kejriwal said that the CBI should not have raided the office of the Delhi Chief Minister who hailed from an ‘honest’ party like AAP. First of all, CBI has clarified that it did not raid his office. Secondly, even if the CBI has indeed raided his office, the AAP leader who claims to be heading a non-corrupt party should not be worried and have faith in his and his government’s much vaunted ‘honesty’.
Del CM @ArvindKejriwal was hailed as `Crusader agnst corruption'. Why protest raid on offr CBI probing for graft after taking search warrant
In 2012 when Kejriwal was still an anti-corruption activist had said that if CBI announced on the front page of a newspaper that it would raid a person, then it would not be successful. Now when he’s entered the corridors of power, he says the exact opposite.
While the AAP leader wants the CBI to be independent, he expects CBI to give him a prior warning about its operations.
Check out the two tweets below contradicting Kejriwal’s stand:
If CBI had any evidence against Rajender, why didn't they share it wid me? I wud hv acted against him(2/2)
New Delhi: The Kejriwal vs Modi battle escalated to new heights when the Delhi Chief Minister vented his frustration at the Prime Minister by calling him a ‘coward’.
While the irked Aam Admi Party supporters were vociferous in their demand to know whether the CBI had the jurisdiction to barge into their Chief Minister’s office and seal it off, the Modi government clearly stated that they had nothing to do with the raid.
The frustration on the face of Kejriwal was evident as he took the refuge of social media platform to vent out his distress.
The more Kejriwal beefed up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi via twitter, the more he became a laughing stock. And furthermore, he contradicted his own comments.
If CBI announces on the front page of a newspaper that it will raid a person, then it will be successful: Arvind Kejriwal. This tweet was published by ANI on 26th Oct 2012.
However, the Kejriwal supporters forgot that the CBI flaunted the court warrant for conducting the raids.
Even the former aide of Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav, said the Aam Admi Party was guilty of enacting ‘drama’ on the issue.
Kejriwal’s party drew immense flak after inquiries revealed the party worker’s involvement in corrupt practices. But in all cases, Kejriwal blamed Narendra Modi for the crackdown on AAP.
The Delhi Chief Minister always tried to channelize the issue into something different by claiming that Modi was unable to fight him politically and was using democratic institutions to disrupt the functioning of the Delhi state government.
Just one day before the CBI raid, Kejriwal lashed out at Railways officials for Shakur Basti demolition terming them as ‘animals’. But after the raid incident, Kejriwal’s sympathy for the Shakur Basti victims evaporated.
The activities of Kejriwal definitely rouse the doubts over his political charisma. Maybe he was a better bureaucrat than a politician. And his tweets do point towards the view.