January 8th, 2016
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The central government has declared the probe ordered by the Delhi government headed by former solicitor general as illegal. This comes in the backdrop of Kirit Azad’s sensational revelations on corruption in DDCA among many other claims which had put our Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a tight situation. The attitude of the central government towards Delhi and the arbitrary declaration of “null and void” on policies, laws and actions of elected legislative assembly of Delhi by a non elected Lt Governor goes against the spirit of federalism, the promise against corruption and the understanding of Democracy as a whole.
What has happened so far?
1.) Kirti Azad, a BJP MP from Bihar had made revelations on the large scale irregularities which has happened in the DDCA and also implicated Mr Arun Jaitley who headed the DDCA for many years during the time, the irregularities had happened.
2.) The alleged irregularities include renting of laptops at Rs 16,000 a day to money sent to bogus companies running into many crores of rupees.
3.) A CBI raid on the Delhi Chief minister’s office allegedly to retrieve and look into the DDCA files.
4.) Arvind Kejriwal alleges large-scale corruption at DDCA and ordered a probe.
5.) Arun Jaitley files a defamation case on Arvind Kejriwal and not Kirti Azad for the allegations levelled against him.
6.) Gopal Subramaniam, the former solicitor general agrees to probe on the request of the Delhi government into the irregularities at DDCA.
7.) Central Government declared the probe panel as illegal.
What could have the PM & the central government done?
1.) The central government who had earned the trust and belief of the people on ending corruption could have heard out Kirti Azad and launched an independent probe to get to the bottom of the alleged irregulairities at DDCA.
2.) They could have asked Arun Jaitley to resign temporarily to ensure a speedy and fair investigation. Based on the findings of the investigation, the central government could have exonerated people including Arun Jaitley accordingly.
3. ) Since the central government is already dealing with many number of things, it could have facilitated the state government (Delhi) to do the probe and submit its report in a time bound manner.
Central Government’s reputation at Stake
Even as the central government has declared the probe panel as illegal, Arvind Kejriwal in his Facebook post has responded that the probe will continue unless the judiciary asks them to stop. The DDCA episode simply ceases to subside. Even though the central government’s intentions to end corruption is laudable, the actions of the central government wrt DDCA has been questionable. For the central government to retain its trust among the people and retain its reputation for clean governance who stand firm against corruption they will have to do more than blocking probes against corruption.
The Logical Indian urges the central government and the Delhi government to work together in bringing the guilty to the books. We request the central government to find ways to conduct a probe into DDCA, so that the money siphoned off could be retrieved and the guilty punished. For the trust which the electorate have on our PM Mr Modi, the least we expect is a speedy, independent probe that will bring the corrupt to the books.