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BJP wants panel to probe Sheila ‘scams’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 12, 2013
First Published: 00:36 IST(12/10/2013) | Last Updated: 00:40 IST(12/10/2013)

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation on Friday met lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung to press for an “accountability commission” to probe scams that have been unearthed during Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s 15-year tenure.

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The BJP leaders said that currently there was no way to ensure that Dikshit or her ministers were honest and accountable.

A spokesperson said the party had written to the lieutenant-governor, chief minister Dikshit and the mayors of the three municipal corporations, asking them to make efforts for setting up the commission.

“The government has been unable to provide a drop of water using the western Yamuna canal, which stretches from Munak in Haryana to Wazirabad in Delhi, two years after the Rs. 550-crore project was completed,” Vijay Goel, the Delhi BJP chief, said. The canal was to be completed in 2006, he added.

“The deadline for the Signature bridge keeps getting revised,” Goel said.

The commission will be able to hold ministers and officials accountable for irregularities, including the wastage of taxpayers’ money, he said.

The commission, the party said, could act as an anti-graft watchdog and the nodal agency for combating corruption in government departments.

“It will look into all the complaints of corruption and inquire into the grievances and allegations against public functionaries including ministers,” Goel said.

The party said the commission could be a statutory body, which will look into the complaints or irregularities pointed out by the CAG, PAC, vigilance commission and the Lokayukta.

“It may be headed by a retired high court judge or a person of impeccable integrity,” he said.

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