NEW DELHI: As Anti-Corruption Branch registered a case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his predecessor Sheila Dikshit in alleged Rs 400 crore tanker scam, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party legislators on Wednesday attacked Lieutenant Governor and wrote to him demanding that he and ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena be made “co-accused” in four cases pertaining to alleged scams during the Sheila Dikshit government, including one that that was filed against Reliance related to prices of natural gas from the KG basin.
Strongly reacting to it, Meena said, “It is a wrong allegation. Investigation is on. We have questioned people from the Reliance company and we are examining papers. Investigation details are not shared with anyone. Such kind of leveling allegation and pressuring the investigating officer is defamatory. We condemned it. If they continue we will be bound to take legal actions.”
Bristling with anger twelve AAP legislators MLAs went to Raj Niwas around 11.30 am accusing him behind ACB move to register case against their leader Kejriwal. They later claimed that Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung refused to meet them, but the LG Secretariat said Jung's schedule was already prepared for the day and procedures have to be followed for seeking an appointment.
Accusing Jung of protecting the alleged culprits, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti said that the party has also approached Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel demanding that the cases be forwarded to the House Committee on petitions, which he said has the power to summon “even the Lieutenant Governor”.
“What are his compulsions? What relations does he have with Mukhesh Ambani's business house?” Bharti asked.
Another AAP legislator Rajendra Pal Gautam in the letter to Jung said, “You (Lieutenant Governor) have been protecting Dikshit in these four FIRs through your inaction. Meena, imposed by the Union government as ACB chief, has also colluded with you in this criminal activity. Kindly forward my letter to ACB with a direction that Meena and yourself should be made co-accused in these four FIRs.”. The letter was received by an official in the LG Secretariat.
Gautam in his letter accused Jung of “sitting” on all the cases during the period of President's rule in the national capital. “Absolutely no action was taken in these four cases,” he aid.
It had also ordered a probe into street light purchase scam during the Commonwealth Games of 2010 in which Dikshit's role had come under the scanner.
On Tuesday, Kejriwal attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the lodging of FIR linking AAP government to the multi-crore rupees water tanker scam, alleging it was done at the PM's behest and asserted that such "coercive" methods would not "scare" him or the AAP into silence.