Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today replied to Arvind Kejriwal’s letter on the theft of his WagonR car, saying the Chief Minister was expected to cooperate with policemen in their efforts to ensure parking of vehicles in designated places.
The iconic blue WagonR associated with Mr Kejriwal was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12 and was found abandoned in Ghaziabad two days later.
On October 13, Mr Kejriwal had written to the Lieutenant Governor, saying the theft of his car pointed towards the rapidly “deteriorating” law and order situation in the national capital.
In his letter to Mr Kejriwal, Lt Governor Baijal wrote, “Hope that the CM would not only cooperate with Delhi Police in its efforts to motivate and encourage residents of Delhi to park their vehicles in authorised parking sites and install security equipment, but also boost the morale of its policemen by appreciating their commendable efforts that led to the recovery of his stolen car within two days.”
“The Delhi Police Commissioner submitted a status report apprising about several teams constituted in search of the car. Intense scanning of CCTVs, checks in parking places were carried out and all the picket staff were put on alert,” Lt Governor Baijal said, emphasising that all these efforts led to recovery of the car within two days.
Lt Governor Baijal said he regularly reviewed law and order situation of Delhi and various decisions were taken in meetings with the police commissioner and other senior officers.
The WagonR car was registered in the name of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and was now being used by the party’s media coordinator, Ms Vandana. It was earlier used by Mr Kejriwal.
The vehicle was “donated” to Mr Kejriwal by Mr Kundan Sharma, a software engineer, in January 2013. However, when Mr Kejriwal parted ways with his then party colleagues Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, Mr Sharma demanded that the vehicle be returned.
Even after Mr Kejriwal became the Chief Minister in December 2013, he refused to use an official car and preferred his old WagonR.