Delhi Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena has decided to take strict legal action against the leaders of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who had accused Saxena of committing corruption during his tenure as Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
According to the LG office source, action will be taken against AAP leaders – Saurabh Bhardwaj, Atishi, Durgesh Pathak and Jasmin Shah among others – on false allegations of defamation and corruption by them for their tenure as KVIC chairman.
These AAP leaders have recently claimed that Saxena was involved in a scam during demonetisation in 2016, so there should be a CBI inquiry against him. The source said that the CBI has already probed the matter at the behest of KVIC and has also filed a charge sheet. The source said that the two persons on the basis of whose statements allegations are being leveled against the LG are those whom the CBI has prima facie found involved in corruption in KVIC post demonetisation.
According to the source, the LG said that AAP is blaming others to divert attention from its larger misdeeds. There has been a massive corruption of thousands of crores in education, liquor and PWD. The source said that the LG has taken serious note of these openly false, defamatory and clearly disturbing allegations leveled by these AAP leaders and has decided to take legal action against them.
What is the matter?
KVIC had issued a circular on November 9, 2016, after the Center discontinued the circulation of Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes on November 8, 2016, stating that the selling outlets and establishments would be allowed to accept the denomination of Rs.1000 and Rs.500 with immediate effect. Old notes will not be accepted.
Later it was found that some old notes were deposited in the account of Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan (KGB), New Delhi. The matter was referred to the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of KVIC for investigation and action. Simultaneously, CBI was also informed and on the basis of this information, CBI officers conducted a joint surprise inspection on 6th April, 2017.