The Aam Aadmi Party government plans to reopen corruption cases against former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and industrialist Mukesh Ambani filed during its 49-day rule last year, senior leader Manish Sisodia said on Friday.
Both FIRs were filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act and registered with the anti-corruption branch (ACB), which reports to the Delhi home department. Since the AAP quit within days of filing the cases, authorities made no headway in the investigation with officers transferred out of the department.
This time around, though, Kejriwal is likely to keep the home portfolio and the ACB is set to be revamped with additional manpower. He may also relaunch an anti-corruption helpline number with a new team, sources said.
The AAP secured a landslide victory in the Delhi polls this week, winning an impressive 67 out of 70 seats on the back of an anti-corruption agenda.
When asked if the government would investigate cases against Dikshit and Ambani, deputy CM-designate Sisodia told PTI, “Yes, definitely.”
The FIR against Dikshit is based on the Shunglu Committee report that indicted the then government of flouting rules in awarding contracts during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The former CM and one of her ministers allegedly caused a loss of Rs 31.07 crore to the exchequer and made illegal gains by purchasing street lights from vendors ineligible for the project, the report had said. The FIR – that doesn’t name Dikshit as an accused – was registered on February 6 last year.
The FIR against Ambani – filed on February 11, 2014 — also named former UPA oil minister Veerappa Moily and his predecessor, late Murli Deora. All three were accused by Kejriwal of colluding to hike the price of natural gas in the KG basin. AAP had also made gas pricing a poll issue during the Lok Sabha elections, taking on Ambani for allegedly blackmailing the government to set higher prices.