Charges and counter-charges implode Delhi government – The New Indian Express

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While we are still trying to figure out what has put the legislative functioning of Arvind Kejriwal’s government in Delhi on hold for the past four years, a wave of attacks from them has further muddyed the waters. Last time we learned that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia refused to table the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report in the House for four consecutive years.

Now that the report is in the public domain, we learn what prompted the Kejriwal government to withhold the reports. The CAG reports for the years 2017-18 to 2020-21 point to several irregularities of a serious nature in the accounts and finances of various departments of the Delhi government.

A cursory examination of the report would show that every power supply under the Delhi government suffered a loss, which stands in direct contrast to the government’s claims that Delhi was financially buoyant. According to the report, the losses of Delhi government power companies amounted to Rs 2,561 crore. The Delhi Transport Corporation suffered a loss of Rs 29,143 crore while the loss for Delhi Jal Board was Rs 27,660 crore, the CAG documents show.

Now that the indictment of the Jal Board is in a way the indictment of the poster boy of the Aam Aadmi party, Raghav Chadha, who led it for several years, a counter-offensive had to be launched. No wonder, Sisodia last week wrote to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and demanded a CBI investigation into the alleged Rs 6,000 crore toll tax scam at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The development came a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched allegations against the MCD that it colluded with two toll companies and caused a huge loss to the state treasury.

With no intention of giving a boost to the BJP-led MCD or its officials, Sisodia’s claim to the municipal body is unlikely to stand as the accusation of liquor cartel patronage against the former LG Anil Baijalprima facie was not retained. These charges are seen as a defensive mechanism, especially when one is under investigation for corrupt practices himself.

Going back to the CAG report, in one place it is mentioned that Rs 37 lakh out of a budget of Rs 2.16 crore for replacement of sewer pipes at West Laxmi Market and Khureji Khas project was spent on advertisements for the cornerstone laying ceremony. The main accusation leveled against the Delhi government is that while it advertises too much, it never bothers to check whether the projects it has inaugurated and unveiled have been completed. The CAG report highlighted lapsed funds for several critical projects, including those of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Regional Rapid Transit System Corridor.

If that wasn’t enough, the cases against Kejriwal’s confidant and MP Okhla Amanatullah Khan are also back in the public domain. The cases relate to alleged financial blunders in Waqf Board bank accounts, creation of leasehold in Waqf Board properties, bribery in the purchase of vehicles and unlawful appointment of 33 people to the Delhi Waqf Board in violation of service rules, among others. , the
say the reports.

A case in this regard was registered by the ACB in January 2020 under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. The sum and substance of the developments of the last fortnight is that the Delhi government is imploding under the pressures of non-governance or shall we say bad governance.

With the Center deciding on a long-awaited close watch, courts so far refusing to relieve jailed minister Satyender Jain and cases piling up against his other colleagues, Kejriwal is now set for very tough conduct.

“Many government departments suffered significant losses”
The CAG reports relating to the years 2017-18 to 2020-21 point to several irregularities of a serious nature in the accounts and finances of various ministries. A cursory examination of the report would show that every power supply under the Delhi government suffered a loss, which stands in direct contrast to the government’s claims that Delhi was financially buoyant. According to the report, the losses of Delhi government power companies amounted to Rs 2,561 crore. The Delhi Transport Corporation suffered a loss of Rs 29,143 crore while the loss for Delhi Jal Board was Rs 27,660cr.

Sidharth Mishra
Author and President, Center for Reforms, Development & Justice

While we are still trying to figure out what has put the legislative functioning of Arvind Kejriwal’s government in Delhi on hold for the past four years, a wave of attacks from them has further muddyed the waters. Last time we learned that Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia refused to table the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report in the House for four consecutive years. Now that the report is in the public domain, we learn what prompted the Kejriwal government to withhold the reports. The CAG reports for the years 2017-18 to 2020-21 point to several irregularities of a serious nature in the accounts and finances of various departments of the Delhi government. A cursory examination of the report would show that every power supply under the Delhi government suffered a loss, which stands in direct contrast to the government’s claims that Delhi was financially buoyant. According to the report, the losses of Delhi government power companies amounted to Rs 2,561 crore. The Delhi Transport Corporation suffered a loss of Rs 29,143 crore while the loss for Delhi Jal Board was Rs 27,660 crore, the CAG documents show. Now that the indictment of the Jal Board is in a way the indictment of the poster boy of the Aam Aadmi party, Raghav Chadha, who led it for several years, a counter-offensive had to be launched. No wonder, Sisodia last week wrote to Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena and demanded a CBI investigation into the alleged Rs 6,000 crore toll tax scam at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. The development came a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched allegations against the MCD that it colluded with two toll companies and caused a huge loss to the state treasury. With no intention of giving a boost to the BJP-led MCD or its officials, Sisodia’s claim to the municipal body is unlikely to stand as the accusation of liquor cartel patronage against the former LG Anil Baijalprima facie was not retained. These charges are seen as a defensive mechanism, especially when one is under investigation for corrupt practices himself. Going back to the CAG report, in one place it is mentioned that Rs 37 lakh out of a budget of Rs 2.16 crore for replacement of sewer pipes at West Laxmi Market and Khureji Khas project was spent on advertisements for the cornerstone laying ceremony. The main accusation leveled against the Delhi government is that while it advertises too much, it never bothers to check whether the projects it has inaugurated and unveiled have been completed. The CAG report highlighted lapsed funds for several critical projects, including those of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Regional Rapid Transit System Corridor. If that wasn’t enough, the cases against Kejriwal’s confidant and MP Okhla Amanatullah Khan are also back in the public domain. The cases relate to alleged financial blunders in Waqf Board bank accounts, creation of leasehold in Waqf Board properties, bribery in the purchase of vehicles and unlawful appointment of 33 people to the Delhi Waqf Board in violation of service rules, among others. , say the reports. A case in this regard was registered by the ACB in January 2020 under various provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code. The sum and substance of the developments of the last fortnight is that the Delhi government is imploding under the pressures of non-governance or shall we say bad governance. With the Center deciding on a long-awaited close watch, courts so far refusing to relieve jailed minister Satyender Jain and cases piling up against his other colleagues, Kejriwal is now set for very tough conduct. “Many government departments have suffered significant losses” The CAG reports for the years 2017-18 to 2020-21 point to several irregularities of a serious nature in the accounts and finances of various government departments. A cursory examination of the report would show that every power supply under the Delhi government suffered a loss, which stands in direct contrast to the government’s claims that Delhi was financially buoyant. According to the report, the losses of Delhi government power companies amounted to Rs 2,561 crore. The Delhi Transport Corporation suffered a loss of Rs 29,143 crore while the loss for Delhi Jal Board was Rs 27,660cr. Sidharth Mishra Author and President, Center for Reforms, Development & Justice

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