In a major setback to the Aam Aadmi Party government in New Delhi, the Shunglu Committee, formed by former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to look into decisions taken by the government, has questioned several appointments made, including the appointment of Health Minister Satyendar Jain's daughter Soumya Jain in the Mohalla Clinic project.
Soumya, who is an architect, was made an adviser to Mission Director, Delhi State Health Mission. However she asserted her expertise with regard to Mohalla Clinics even though her CV does not support her claim. Second, the memorandum of Association of State Health Society (Delhi) and rules and bylaws do not support such appointment.
The panel said the decision to allot land to the AAP to build a party office should be considered "null and void" and also questioned the allotment of residence to DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal.
The Committee raised questions on the appointment of Nikunj Agarwal as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Delhi Health Minister.
The report was submitted to the L-G last year, but it surfaced on Wednesday after the Congress party accessed a copy through an RTI.
1/2— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) April 5, 2017
Just got Shunglu Committee Report through RTI!
It examined 404 Files of Kejriwal Govt.
Serious cases of Corruption found!
The Root of the Conflict
The report observes that the genesis of the conflict lay in an April 2015 order issued by Kejriwal to all the departments.
It directed officers to take decisions without consulting the Lt Governor on all subjects that have been transferred to the Delhi Assembly under Article 239AA(3)a of the Indian Constitution.
The three-member Shunglu Committee, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) VK Shunglu, was set up by then Lt Governor Jung after Delhi High Court gave primacy to the L-G in Delhi administrative affairs in August last year.
The L-G office had called over 400 files on decisions taken by the AAP government in Delhi, for review.
In an earlier interview to a news channel, Jung had said that Kejriwal may face "criminal charges" over irregularities found by the panel.
Politicians and leaders of opposition reacted to the news.
From false promises of Not to avail any govt facility to "Gross Abuse of Power",as pointed by Shunglu Committee,AAP is indeed a U TURN Party— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) April 6, 2017
Shameful— Tajinder Pal S Bagga (@TajinderBagga) April 5, 2017
Shunglu Committee Points Out 'Gross Abuse of Power' by Kejriwal-led Govt https://t.co/4orrqwFk7Q
2/2— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) April 5, 2017
Got in reply to RTI filed by me-
Shunglu Committee Report exposes Corruption of Kejriwal!
I will release it tomorrow at 12 Noon at AICC! pic.twitter.com/Lz0Ew6udcz
AAP’s social media manager Ankit Lal, however, questioned the timing of the report being made public.
The timing of Shunglu committee report being leaked is very interesting. Right before MCD as expected.— Ankit Lal (@AnkitLal) April 5, 2017
Bring it on.
More filth will come!
(With inputs from PTI and IANS.)
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