BJP member Subramanian Swamy on Thursday wrote to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung seeking sanction for prosecution against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for corruption.
Swamy’s move comes just days after the Delhi government recommended sanction of prosecution against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in connection with a case of writing an allegedly "inflammatory" article in a Mumbai daily in 2011.
Swamy has alleged that Kejriwal during his first tenure as CM from December 28, 2013 to February 14, 2014 and his then Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had illegally favoured M/s SKN Associates Limited, despite it being a VAT defaulter.
In his petition, Swamy has attached a list of VAT defaulters who were served show cause notice by the Commissioner, in which SKN also figures, and this list was released just 10 days before the CM assumed office on December 28, 2013.
He says in his petition, “From my investigation, I find that after coming to power for the first time, Kejriwal and then Finance Minister started milking these defaulters including this SKN Associates Limited. Officers disgusted with this corruption and working in the Delhi Government inform me that instead of the duo heeding their constitutional duty to collect taxes for the exchequer, Kejriwal and Sisodia started collecting money from these defaulters.”
He further says that it is proven that SKN Associates Limited and its four subsidiary companies paid Rs. 50 lakh each to Aam Aadmi Party on April 5, 2014.
He adds that all these non-operative companies with no notable profits paid a total of Rs 2 crore to Aam Aadmi Party and this blatant corruption was widely reported in the media in the first weeks of February 2015.
He says, “This is prima facie a misuse of office and misappropriation of public money and receiving quid pro quo in lieu of favour by Kejriwal and Sisodia for VAT defaulter/evader SKS Associates Limited. This comes under Sec 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC Sections 120B, 403, 406 and 420.”
There was no immediate reaction from the Delhi Government over the allegations by Swamy.