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‘Why is Shivraj shying away from a CBI inquiry into IPS officer’s death?’

Arvind Kejriwal takes on MP government in an interview with HT, says Congress is being irresponsible as well.

delhi Updated: Mar 12, 2012 22:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal attacked the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh on Monday over the alleged killing of 31-year-old IPS officer Narendra Kumar Singh, who was investigating the illegal mining mafia in the state. Kejriwal, seen by many as a Congress-baiter, took on MP’s BJP government in an interview with HT over phone.

“Why is Shivraj Singh Chouhan shying away from a CBI inquiry if he has nothing to hide? Let an honest investigation take place,” said the 43-year-old. “The theory doing the rounds is that the BJP government is neck deep in illegal mining and the rot goes right up to its seniormost ministers. A CBI inquiry into the murder may actually expose those nexuses.”

He said an investigation by the state government or local police will not help dispel that notion, and so there should be a CBI inquiry.

He also criticised the Congress’ role.

“Even now Congress is playing politics in MP. A bandh tomorrow will not serve any purpose and everyone knows Congress is not serious about exposing the mining mafia. Why can’t they pass the Jan Lokpal bill if they want to end such corruption?” Kejriwal said. “Congress, BJP…all of them are involved in illegal mining. BJP in Karnataka, Congress in Goa, BJP in MP…it goes on.”

He said Narendra Kumar’s was one in a series of recent murders of honest citizens including project director with National Highway Authority of India Satyendra Dubey, marketing manager of Indian Oil Corporation Shanmughan Manjunath and additional district collector in Maharashtra Yashwant Sonawane.

Kejriwal’s tweet on Sunday
@AKParivartan When Sharad Pawar was slapped, Parliament mourned for 2 hrs. Let's see for how many hrs it discusses Narendra Kumar's death.

“The message going out is that crime and corruption have joined hands. Smaller fry are caught, but the investigation never reaches the mastermind. It is extremely dangerous for the future that the corrupt have become so arrogant, so brazen,” said Kejriwal.

Asked if the police and civil services cadre should stand up for Narendra Kumar, Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service officer who was known for his integrity, said, “I am not sure they will. Most of the seniors are compromised. I know because I have been in the service.”

First Published: Mar 12, 2012 22:05 IST