Will Sue AAP Leaders, Says Delhi LG Saxena

NEW DELHI | Updated: 31 August, 2022 6:03 pm IST
Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday, saying he will sue the four party leaders for making “false, fabricated, and defamatory” allegations against him.

Atishi Marlena, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Durgesh Pathak and Jasmine Shah claimed that “LG is involved in a scam during demonetization in 2016”. They also demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged link of Delhi LG.

AAP cited statements of two persons – Sanjeev Kumar Malik and Pradeep Yadav – who alleged how they had been forced to convert the ‘black money’. AAP leaders claimed that these were two cashiers who had named Saxena, who at that time was the chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), in their statements.

Sources from the LG office said that the people on the basis of whose statements these allegations are being manufactured against the LG are the two people who have prima facie been found to be engaged in corruption at KVIC after demonetization by CBI.

The AAP had released the statements of the two of the accused in the case – Sanjeev Kumar Malik and Pradeep Yadav. The AAP leaders had said these two cashiers had named then KVIC chief VK Saxena in their statements.

Sources from the LG office said the CBI has already filed a charge sheet against the two accused – Sanjeev Kumar Malik and Pradeep Yadav – and the matter is pending in the Rouse Avenue Court, New Delhi.

It came to light that certain demonetized notes were deposited in the account of Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (KGB), New Delhi, on various dates. The matter was immediately referred to the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of KVIC for investigation and action.

The CBI was also informed accordingly and on the basis of this information, a joint surprise check was conducted by them on April 4, 2017. After a preliminary investigation, the CVO on April 17, 2017, recommended the suspension and transfer of the following four officials of KGB, AK Garg, Manager; Ajay Gupta, Sales In-charge; Sanjeev Kumar Malik, Salesman-III (Head Cashier) and Pradeep Yadav, LDC (Head Cashier).

In May 2017, KVIC informed CBI about the preliminary investigation done by CVO and action taken against the four officials.

CBI, after a thorough investigation, found the involvement of only two persons, Malik and Yadav, in depositing the demonetized notes and registered a case against them.

The CBI, after investigation, found that only ₹17lakh were deposited in the form of demonetized currency notes in the account of KGB, New Delhi, instead of ₹22 lakh as reported by CVO.

Sources from the LG office further said it was reiterated that the matter being falsely touted by the AAP is with regard to just ₹17.07 lakh as against the claims of ₹1400 crore which is nothing but a figment of imagination for which the habitual liars will face the consequences.

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