Haryana plots: L-G Saxena asks Delhi Chief Secretary to probe Kejriwal for tax evasion; AAP hits back

According to officials in L-G’s office, the complaint against the CM was recieved by the Delhi Lokayukta on August 28, demanding an enquiry against Kejriwal. 

Published: 08th September 2022 08:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2022 08:28 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a ceremony to launch 97 electric buses, at Rajghat Bus Depot in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Vinai Saxena on Wednesday asked the chief secretary to take action on a complaint received by the Lokayukta against Cheif Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly selling off three plots worth Rs 4.54 crore in Haryana while showing on papers an undervalued price of just Rs 72.72 lakhs, said officials. 

According to officials in L-G’s office, the complaint against the CM was received by the Delhi Lokayukta on August 28, demanding an enquiry against Kejriwal. 

“As per the complaint, Kejriwal allegedly sold the plots through his wife Sunita Kejriwal at a market rate of Rs 45,000 per square yard but showed the transaction at the rate of a meagre Rs 8300 per square yard on papers,” said a senior official. 

The complaint alleges that Kejriwal duped the exchequer of Rs 25.93 lakh in Stamp Duty and Rs 76.4 lakh as Capital Gain Tax, the official said. 

The official said that Saxena noted that this was a glaring case of deliberate undervaluation of property and resultant tax evasion by Kejriwal while selling his three properties through his wife in Bhiwani district of Haryana.

While two of these properties were in the name of the CM himself, the third property was in his father Govind Ram’s name. 

However, no reaction was available on the allegations from the CM Office.  

“All three properties were sold on the same day. The plots measuring 340, 416 and 254 square yards each were sold through CM’s wife, Sunita Kejriwal at the cost of Rs 24.48 lakh, Rs 30 lakh and Rs 18.24 lakh respectively at the rate of Rs 8,300/sq. yard, despite the fact that the existing market rate was much higher, i.e. Rs 45,000 per sq. yard. 

He added that the buyers who got in touch on conditions of anonymity said that Kejriwal sold the plots at the market rate of Rs 1.53 crore, Rs 1.87 crore and Rs 1.14 crore for the three plots respectively and received the amount exceeding the rate of Rs 8,300/square yards mentioned in the sale deed in cash. 

Meanwhile, Saxena misappropriated crores of rupees making payments to "ghost artisans" when he was the chairman of the KVIC, the AAP MP Sanjay Singh claimed on Wednesday, demanding his "immediate" sacking and a probe against him by the central agencies.

Addressing a press conference, Singh backed his claims referring to a 2016 Patna High Court order on payment of wages to artisans and findings of a CVC inquiry into alleged disbursement of crores of rupees to "ghost artisans".

As he made the allegations, he tore the defamation notice sent to him by the LG recently, saying such notices can neither intimidate him nor stop him from "telling the truth".

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also asked Saxena to respond to his allegations using his personal social media handle, saying the official handle of the Raj Niwas "belongs to the Delhi LG, not you".

"Delhi LG V K Saxena is a very corrupt and dishonest person. When he was the chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), he gobbled crores of rupees of at least 2.5 lakh workers, who did sewing and embroidery work, and turned the KVIC into a den of corruption," Singh told reporters.

He demanded that the BJP-led Centre immediately sack Saxena as the Delhi LG and order a probe by the CBI and the ED against him.

"If there is a little honesty in the (central) government, it should immediately remove such a corrupt LG and start a probe against him by the CI and ED. The LG should be arrested and sent to jail," the AAP national spokesperson added.

He also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him why Saxena was appointed as the Delhi LG when he was "neck deep in corruption" while being at helm at the KVIC.

Singh said Patna High Court, while hearing a petition moved by artisans against payment in cash paid to them by the KVIC, had ordered that artisans working with the cooperatives under the KVIC be paid either by cheque or directly in their bank accounts.

But the KVIC continued paying them in cash flouting its rules and the Patna High Court's order, he claimed.

"Rajendra Pratap Gupta , the then member of the khadi commission, tweeted on September 25, 2017, saying that he had got a complaint how KVIC was breaching the court's orders and making cash payments," he added.

Out of 4.55 lakh artisans, bank accounts of about 1.93 lakh artisans were opened and when the issue came to light, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) intervened and started an inquiry, Singh said.

The AAP MP read out a certain portion of the CVC inquiry report in the matter, saying that it observed: "There were complaints that ghost artisans were present in the system as payment in cash worth crores were disbursed to unidentified persons without maintaining any proper record."

When the CVC in its probe found that KVIC had issued a cheque worth Rs 3 crore to an artisan, it sought from the Council records of the cheques issued to the artisans.

"Interestingly, the (KVIC) officials told the CVC that cheques were destroyed as they had been damaged due to spilling of tea on them," Singh said, adding "The CVC noted in its report that that the records related to issue of cheques were destroyed with mala fide intentions."

(With PTI Inputs)



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  • Sankaramani

    Let Kejriwala reply to the issue raised against him. Let him tell he is honest and transaction were bonafide. First. If any issue is raised against him
    4 months ago reply
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