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Sheila Dikshit protecting Kutty in bank scam, claims AAP

Delhi Assembly’s questions and reference committee had directed Kutty to action against his subordinates allegedly involved in the scam.

delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2017 22:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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MM Kutty was principal secretary to CM Sheila Dikshit in 2012.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday lashed out at former chief minister Sheila Dikshit for allegedly trying to protect Delhi chief secretary, MM Kutty, for his alleged role in the “multi-crore co-operative bank scam”.

Kutty was principal secretary to CM Dikshit in 2012.

The AAP alleged that the scam took place during the rule of the three-time CM.

The AAP’s accusation come after Dikshit said that Delhi had “some of the most efficient’ bureaucrats”, in response to her successor Arvind Kejriwal’s remark that 90% of the IAS officers do not work In Delhi.

Dikshit was Delhi CM from 1998 to 2013.

“The cooperative bank scam took place during the tenure of former CM Sheila Dikshit in 2012. The current chief secretary in the Delhi government, who was principal secretary to then CM Dikshit is avoiding answering questions from a committee of the Delhi Assembly, and escaping accountability. The officers of Delhi government are protecting her from investigation, which has prompted her to heap praises on those officers,” said AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Delhi Assembly’s questions and reference committee had directed Kutty to action against his subordinates allegedly involved in the scam.

“Kutty has failed to respond to the committee,” he said.

The alleged multi-crore scam involves anomalies in appointments, promotions and loan disbursement in the Delhi Nagrik Sehkari Bank. It was being investigated by the question and reference committee.

The committee had summoned Kutty to appear before it on October 16 but Kutty got a stay from the Delhi High Court.

The July 2012 complaint by the bank said 40 employees had been recruited through unfair means and 62 had been given illegal promotions.

“The Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) has conducted many inquiries but the decision has not been announced yet. Those recruited drew salaries for five years before they were removed,” said Bharadwaj. Another allegation about giving away loans based on fake income tax returns in was raised in the Assembly on January 18, 2017 by Model Town MLA, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi

“I was not given a convincing reply and the matter was referred by the Speaker to the questions and reference committee,” Tripathi said.

Dikshit did not respond to phone calls.

“AAP is raising this issue to blackmail the bureaucrats,” said Ajay Maken, president, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 22:20 IST