Anti-graft body starts probe into bus aggregator scheme
delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2016 12:00 IST
NEW DELHI: The anti-corruption branch has launched a probe into the AAP government’s proposal to launch an app-based premium bus service. Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta had filed a complaint on Tuesday and the ACB has now initiated a criminal probe into the process of framing, approval and notification of the scheme.
The L-G on Sunday had put on hold the scheme under which the state government was planning to launch an app-based premium bus service. The policy was set to be effective from June 1.
ACB chief Mukesh Meena confirmed receiving the complaint from Gupta. “We have ordered an inquiry and looking at the complaint. Action will be taken as per the law.”
The AAP government had recently notified the policy without approval from the administrator. Since the policy comes under the Motor Vehicle Act, the file was sent to L-G for approval post facto.
“We are least concerned with the probe. People are free to get it probed by any agency,” said a Delhi government spokesperson.
Gupta said the L-G had clarified he had not given any approval as claimed in the notification by the AAP government.
“This breach of trust and an act of deceit calls for criminal probe into how the AAP government under the signature of secretary-cum-commissioner (transport) could misuse Lt. Governor’s name in this manner. Not only this, it has blatantly misused a specific provision of the Motor Vehicle Act - 1988 incorporated therein to deal extraordinary circumstances,” said Gupta.
Gupta claimed the AAP government seems to be in an extraordinary hurry to approve the premium bus service scheme in order to benefit a particular company.
“Though the scheme is not urgent in nature and the government could have followed the laid down procedure of compulsory consultation with law and finance department, the rules and regulations was deliberately bypassed, smacking of mala fide intentions of the decision-making authorities in the government,” he said.