The CNG scam highlighted by a woman who threw ink at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday pertains to centres that are run by the Centre, Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said on Monday.
“I have examined the paper and CD, which the woman had thrown on the stage. The Union government runs 96 centres across the country where vehicles are certified on the basis of cylinder installed in them. This comes under the ministry of commerce and industry. Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) wing of the ministry issue licences to these centres,” said Rai.
“The woman had conducted a sting on how these centres give CNG compliance certificate to two-wheelers and how they are involved in corrupt practices. It has nothing to do with the Delhi government but the woman has highlighted a serious issue. I will write to the central government, requesting them to investigate the matter properly,” Rai said.
Rejecting suggestions that the sting was connected to the odd-even formula, Rai said the sting was conducted on September 9 and at that time the government had not considered the odd-even formula.
“We issued CNG stickers during odd-even formula and checked registration certificate of the cars. There was a sting conducted by a news channel and we immediately stopped the distribution. But this case needs to be investigated by the central government. The BJP is levelling false allegations. They must ask the central government to investigate this case,” he said.
CNG vehicles were exempted from the odd-even rule and had been given special stickers for identification.
Police sources said Bhawna Arora, the woman who had thrown ink at the CM, has not divulged much about why she carried out the attack. Throughout her questioning she maintained that she wanted to meet the CM to bring to light the scam she had exposed, and had taken an appointment for the same, but could never meet him as he was always busy.
She said that she saw the thanksgiving ceremony as an opportunity to meet the CM, sources said. “She said she was angry and frustrated over not being heard. She said that even though Kejriwal claims to be fighting against corruption and a leader of the common man, he did not give time to hear out her concerns. She said she wanted to tell the CM about the CNG scam as she had proof of the same but could not meet him despite several attempts,” police said.
Police said Arora did not cooperate during questioning and dodged several questions. The police have also rejected charges of being lax in CM’s security.
“Certain allegations have been levelled against Delhi Police by some functionaries of AAP and even by Deputy CM Delhi. These are misconceived and unfounded. Appropriate law and order arrangements were made,” said Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson.