AAP wants 'independent investigation' into corruption charges against North Delhi civic body mayor
A day after Mail Today reported an investigation into North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NMCD) mayor Preeti Aggarwal's role in assigning tenders, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded her resignation in a bid to minimise her influence in the inquiry by the civic body's vigilance department.
The AAP also demanded an 'independent investigation' by CBI and resignation by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari for failing to fulfill his promise of a corruption-free civic body for Delhi.
Speaking to the media, senior party leader and national spokesperson Dilip Pandey said the AAP had mentioned Aggarwal's role in influencing a tender bidding process in November last year.
Pandey said, The BJP floated new faces in the civic polls last year, but these new faces have given way to corruption in the civic body. Now, how is it possible that the vigilance wing, which comes under the mayor's purview, is carrying out an investigation against the mayor? If the vigilance commissioner works under the mayor, how can the officer conduct an independent investigation?
In such a situation, Pandey suggested, that the three types of options available with NMCD and with BJP are that, either Manoj Tiwari asks Aggarwal to resign so that there is an independent inquiry, or the matter be handed over to CBI for independent investigation.
Manoj Tiwari should apologise for failing the people of Delhi and not being able to keep the corporation corruption-free, Pandey said.
Within a year in office, the NMCD mayor has been embroiled in serious corruption charges in several tender processes as well as purchase of medicines and other contracts.
The civic body's vigilance department has initiated an inquiry into the allegations following instructions from lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. The Presidents House has also sought a status report on the matter.