Delhi lieutenant governor sues AAP leader for defamation – Flying Journals

Delhi lieutenant governor sues AAP leader for defamation

Delhi LG dismissed AAP’s allegations, calling it “their imagination”.

New Delhi:

Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena today threatened to sue Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including MLA Atishi and Saurabh Bharadwaj, for “highly defamatory and false” corruption allegations against him.

The AAP alleges that Mr Saxena, when he was chairman of the government’s cady agency during demonetisation in 2016, pressured two employees to replace the banned notes worth Rs 14 billion.

Mr Saxena dismissed AAP’s allegations as “their imagination”.

“This has been the hallmark of (Arvind) Kejriwal and co., who fired, skidded, and then, when pushed to the truth, apologized,” Mr. Saxena’s office said in a statement.

“LG has taken seriously these blatantly false, defamatory and clearly distracting allegations made by these AAP leaders and has decided to take legal action against them so that AAP does not go unpunished for its characteristic shooting and skidding.”

Mr Saxena said at the time that a vigilant investigation was carried out when it became known that “certain de-currency notes were deposited into Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan’s account. Four officers were suspended.

When the CBI intervened, it found that prohibited notes of Rs 17,07,000 were deposited, with only two officers involved. The lieutenant governor’s office said the case is still pending in court.

“The issue wrongly touted by AAP only involved Rs 1.707 lakh and the claimed Rs 140 crore is only a figment of imagination and habitual liars will face consequences,” the statement said.

AAP responds to defamation case, calls for investigation.

AAP spokesman Saurabh Bharadwaj said: “There should be an independent investigation into this case. The way this case was handled violates the principles of natural justice.”

This is the latest flashpoint in the AAP’s dispute with the lieutenant governor representing the Derry Center.

Tensions escalated after the lieutenant governor pointed out what he called corruption in the AAP government’s alcohol policy on Delhi. According to a report by the Lieutenant Governor, the CBI raided Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and named him along with 14 others as defendants in its FIR.

Legal action will also be taken against Jasmine Shah, deputy chairman of the Delhi Dialogue and Development Committee, Mr Saxena’s office said.

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