Arvind Kejriwal could face criminal charges over Shunglu Committee report

11 Jan Delhi: Terming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a man in “a hurry to perform,” former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said Arvind Kejriwal may face “criminal charges” over irregularities found by the Shunglu Committee constituted to investigate alleged irregularities in administrative decisions taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government.

In an interview to India Today TV, Jung said that the committee found the creation of a “secret unit” like a “counter IB” for suspected spying.

Former LG also said that some appointments by Kejriwal, like that of Nikunj Aggarwal, a relative of Mr. Kejriwal’s wife, as the OSD to Health Minister Satyendar Jain smacked of “nepotism and gross favouritism.”

Najeeb Jung also spoke about the AAP government’s appointment of Mr. Jain’s daughter, Saumya, as an “advisor” to its mohalla clinics project.

He said Saumya’s appointment and those made by Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal amounted to “cheating, nepotism and favouritism” and FIRs had been registered by CBI.

“Satyendra Jain made an incorrect statement that she (Saumya) was not paid. Fact is she was paid but it was returned. An FIR has also been registered in the case of Waqf board,” he said adding that the CBI had filed an FIR on the setting up of the “secret unit.”

“No state government can set up a counter IB like this,” Jung said. Asked if Mr. Kejriwal could face criminal charges, “That is possible. There are cases that are being investigated and should the cases come to fruition and should the court find substance in the charge sheets then there is problem.”

In the headlines on more than one occasion for run-ins with the AAP government, Najeeb Jung said Kejriwal’s “exuberance, inexperience and the fact that he had a brute majority perhaps contributed to his confronting attitude.”

He said he acted against Mr. Kejriwal’s “tendencies to play with the constitution and interpret it in a manner which he thought was correct but he deemed as wrong” even as he maintained that the personal relationship between them was extremely cordial.

You can watch the full interview here –