Delhi’s Lokayukta body has received as many as 41 complaints of corruption against the Law makers of ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), including ministers in last two years. The Lokayukta is a statutory authority to investigate charges or allegations of corruption or administrative inefficiency against ministers, lawmakers, and bureaucrats in the state.
The year 2018 saw 25 complaints, up from 13 the previous year. While according to a RTI reply, in 2017, the anti-corruption ombudsman received 11 complaints against ministers, highest since 2008 when the figure was zero. Since 2008, a total of 229 complaints have been received against MLAs, ministers and bureaucrats of the Delhi government – led by both Congress and AAP – and 172 of them have been disposed of.
The AAP spokespersons however suggested that people belonging to the opposition in state, BJP, could be filing false complaints before the Lokayukta. “This is all rubbish. People, who can be even BJP agents, submit fake complaints which eventually fall flat. We need to know what law has a minister or an MLA has violated,” said a senior leader who did not wish to be named.
In 2017, suspended AAP lawmaker Kapil Mishra had accused chief minister Kejriwal of corruption and approached the Lokayukta office which eventually cleared him for want of evidence. BJP’s Vijender Gupta, who is also the leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, called for quick action.
“Whoever is found involved in wrongdoing should be punished. The law is equal for all. I believe speedy trial in Lokayukta’s court and recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor’s office to dispose them of should be done at the earliest,” he said.
Congress spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee termed the revelations ironic. “All the cases should be probed. It is ironic that the party which came out of an anti-corruption movement and whose leader boasts of clean governance has so many cases of corruption against it,” she said.