A complaint has been filed against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s daughter by Delhi’s former chief secretary Omesh Saigal. This comes a day after Kejriwal told a gathering of auto drivers that his daughter had offered a bribe to an officer at a Regional Transport Office (RTO) for processing her driving licence.
Retired IAS officer Saigal, who served as the chief secretary during 1998-2001, mailed his complaint to the Delhi government’s anti-corruption branch asking the officer to check the ‘veracity of the news reports’ and ‘take action as per the law.’
President of the Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, Tajinder Singh Bagga has filed a similar complaint with the Delhi Police commissioner. Bagga has also sent a copy of the CD which has footage of the CM making the statement.
On Monday, reports were published after Kejriwal claimed that though his daughter had offered a bribe without revealing that she is the daughter of the chief minister, the officer had refused to accept the bribe when he saw she had a cell phone.
Saigal has written that the offence falls under section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 which states that whoever abets any offence under Sec 7 or 11 whether or not that offence is committed is consequence of that abetment, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years...’
“I was not present at the gathering. If the news report is true and Kejriwal did make those claims then it is an offence. A crime has been committed and it is the duty of every citizen to inform the police when a crime comes to his notice,” he said.
Saigal said if the ACB officials do not take any action on his complaint he would approach the CBI. “I will file a complaint with the CBI if the Delhi ACB does not do act. They will have to check the authenticity of the report and file an FIR if this is true,” he said. Kejriwal had made the comments in the backdrop of the ACB acting on numerous complaints of officers demanding bribes. He told the gathering in Burari corruption had come down by 70-80% because of his government.