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Sheila Dikshit under scanner for Commonwealth Games spend

Our Bureau Agencies New Delhi | Updated on March 13, 2018

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Kejriwal Govt files FIR on ₹90-crore street-light project

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Thursday directed its Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to lodge an FIR in the ₹90-crore street light project implemented during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

A panel headed by a former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has already indicted then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on the issue.

After a Cabinet meeting, State Minister for Education, Land and Building, Manish Sisodia, said the ACB has been told to conduct a thorough probe into the scam as there were “strong findings” in it by the CAG and the Shunglu Committee.

“The ACB has been directed to conduct an independent and thorough investigation and take action.

“The ACB will file an FIR in the case. Our motive is not to target a particular person,” Sisodia said.

Later, asked if Dikshit has been named in the FIR, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said as far as he knew both the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi have been named.

“So, both Congress and BJP will be exposed,” he added.

During the Commonwealth Games, Dikshit headed the Delhi government while the MCD was under the BJP’s control.

On reports that private discoms are planning to resort to massive power cuts, Singh said: “There is no question of power cuts.

“The Government has already written to the regulator to cancel the licences of these discoms if they go for power cuts.”

He added that the discoms are resorting to these actions to dodge a CAG audit. The Delhi Government also recommended the setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the 1984 anti-Sikh riots with a time frame of one year to submit its report. The modalities of the SIT probe were approved in Thursday’s Cabinet meeting.

Amanullah joins AAP

Meanwhile, in what is being seen as a big catch for the AAP in Bihar, Parveen Amanullah, the State’s first Muslim woman minister, left the Nitish Kumar Cabinet and joined the AAP on Thursday.

Addressing the media, Amanullah, who was social welfare minister, said governance under Janata Dal (United) rule is “centralised and non-transparent”, with no participation of people in decision-making.

She added that she had been in talks with the AAP for a month.

An RTI activist and daughter of diplomat-turned-politician Syed Shahabuddin, Amanullah, who studied in Delhi’s Miranda House, said she may fight for a Lok Sabha seat after “wider consultations” with her party.

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