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Vigilance department indicts several loopholes in Aam Admi Party’s Feedback Unit

Facing another major embarrassment just a day after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal ordered Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP, the Vigilance Department today exposed several loopholes in the party's Feedback Unit

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New Delhi, March 31, 2017: In the wake of controversies emerging a day after another, one can easily assume that Aam Aadmi Party is struggling to pass through its most difficult time where its deeds and policies have stationed itself at the receiving end of constant criticism and embarrassments. While the stars of AAP are showing no mood to sync in alignment, the party has dwelled deeper in the swamp of controversy with the latest accusation by the Vigilance Department.

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Facing another major embarrassment just a day after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal ordered Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP, the Vigilance Department today exposed several loopholes in the party’s Feedback Unit.

In a report by India today, the media giant claimed to have accessed the exclusive copy of vigilance department’s recommendation to the CBI on Feedback Unit formed by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Vigilance Department, in its report, has highlighted that funds were misused by the unit in what it described as a ‘serious violation’ of rules.

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The AAP government’s Feedback Unit was constituted to gather the relevant information and feedback regarding the working of departments under the Delhi government.

HERE’S WHAT VIGILANCE DEPARTMENT REPORT SAID:

  1. The Feedback Unit was constituted in task to gather the relevant information and feedback regarding the working of departments falling under the Delhi government.
  2. Separate posts were created for the unit. Initially, 20 posts were created for the unit against some of the positions abolished in the industry department. But later on, these posts were adjusted against 88 posts created in the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
  3. No permission was sought from Delhi LG for creation of new posts. There were no recruitment rules framed either.
  4. In Budget 2016-17, Rs 1 crore was assigned for this unit. Out of the allocated money, Rs 10 lakh was released and Rs 5.5 lakh reported to be spent.
  5. The last expenditure from the fund was of Rs 50,000 given to one Kailash Chand of ACB for payment of second installment of bribe on a complaint. A probe revealed that there was no such person in the ACB.
  6. The details of utilisation of Rs 5.5 lakh not available with the concerned department except Rs 50,000 mentioned above.
  7. The special unit was functioning under direct control of the CM office, the vigilance department was kept in dark about this unit’s functioning.
  8. Remuneration of feedback unit was paid on attendance sheet and staff has been recorded 100 per cent attendance during the period.

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Meanwhile, taking note of prima facie evidence of impropriety and violation of rules, the LG has ordered that the matter be referred to the CBI.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday (March 30) directed concerned departments that Rs 97 crore be recovered from AAP that was allegedly “splurged” by the city government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.

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Baijal also ordered an inquiry into the spending on advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party and asked the chief secretary to fix responsibility.

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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)