Alleges AAP accepted Rs.2cr ($311,000) from Tax defaulters as bribe
Master of timing, Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday has sent a reminder to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal for the delay in taking a decision on Sanction for Prosecution against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for accepting controversial midnight receipt of Rs. 2 crores ($311,000) from sales tax defaulter SKN Associates. Swamy had earlier petitioned on January 28, 2016, to former LG Najeeb Jung for Sanction for Prosecuting the CM and Deputy CM alleging abuse of power by accepting funds from sales tax defaulter firm.
Swamy alleged that when Kejriwal became first chief minister in December 2013, he and his Finance Minister Manish Sisodia started “milking” money from the sales tax defaulters by abusing power.
Swamy’s swift action came a day after Kejriwal was facing allegations from his colleague for accepting Rs.2 crores ($311,000) cash from Cabinet colleague Satyendra Jain. Putting the blame on the former LG Jung, Swamy said in his letter to LG Anil Baijal that Supreme Court has already ordered that petitions for Sanction for Prosecution have to be decided within three months.
“Needless for me to say that under the Supreme Court Judgment, this decision of granting or denying Sanction is a call of the Lt. Governor, and no one else but the Lt. Governor; and the decision has to be based on the material that I have supplied to you in my application, without any further input or verification of the facts. This is the law laid down by the Supreme Court,” said Swamy citing the landmark judgment Subramanian Swamy Vs Manmohan Singh.
In his petition, Swamy has provided documents that the SKN Associates caught for donating four cheques of Rs.50 lakhs ($78,000) each to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). That time SKN Associates was declared as a tax defaulter and the money was paid through their shell companies. Swamy alleged that when Kejriwal became the first chief minister in December 2013, he and his Finance Minister Manish Sisodia started “milking” money from the sales tax defaulters by abusing power. BJP leader pointed out that this is a clear violation of the Prevention of Corruption Act and abuse of power.
SKN Associates gave payments to AAP through their non-operating shell companies like Goldmine Buildcon Pvt Ltd, Skyline Metals and Alloy Pvt Ltd, Infolance Software Solutions Ltd and Sunvision Agencies Pvt Ltd. All these four shell companies of SKN Associates paid Rs.50 lakh each and at midnight, according to the party website. After this incident, AAP had withdrawn all details from their website.
Swamy in his reminder petition to LG Anil Baijal said that the former LG Najeeb did not take any action despite several oral reminders. At one point Swamy alleged Jung and Kejriwal were playing a staged drama scripted by Sonia Gandhi’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel.
Subramanian Swamy’s reminder petition for Sanction for Prosecution and the original petition is published below:
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