AAP government puts Sheila Dikshit’s role under scanner in CWG scam

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Under pressure to act against the previous Congress government in Delhi over the Commonwealth Games scam, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday forwarded files relating to the scam to the anti-corruption bureau and asked it look into the allegations against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

The ACB would probe the alleged irregularities in a case related to the procurement of street lights at inflated prices and is likely to file an FIR.

Also, the Delhi government, Monday, wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking action against Sheila Dikshit for allegedly trying to gain political mileage by granting regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies in the Capital.

The Prime Minister-appointed Shunglu Committee had blamed Sheila Dikshit and then Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna for procedural violations and inadequacies in executing projects related to the Commonwealth Games.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led government had been facing fire from the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) over its unwillingness to fast-track the probe against Dikshit and others.

Kejriwal had earlier said he had proof of wrongdoings during CWG and had prepared a report but nobody was named in it. “In November 2010, I had prepared a 370-page report on the CWG scam which contains evidence on corrupt practices during CWG. It doesn’t mention any names. It was based on newspaper reports,” he said.

Kejriwal had said that he would go ahead with the investigation into the scam unfazed by the fact that the Congress could pull out of the government.

However, with his government now deciding to go ahead with the probe, the stage appears set for a showdown with the Congress. The Aam Aadmi Party is in power in Delhi with the Congress’s support.