Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena sent a 14-page legal notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its five leaders – Atishi Singh, Durgesh Pathak, Saurabh Bhardwaj, Sanjay Singh and Jasmin Shah for making “false, defamatory and malicious allegations” . , spreading “fake news” and running “propaganda motivated to malign his image”.
The notice asked the AAP and the five leaders to issue a press release instructing all AAP members to “prevent and desist from spreading and disseminating false, defamatory and baseless statements” and evidence against the Lieutenant Governor. Pretend that they did it within one. A period of 48 hours from the date of receipt of the notice.
“If the AAP and its leaders to whom the notice has been issued fail to do so, further legal action will be taken,” it said.
Meanwhile, AAP issued a statement saying, “If he [the Lieutenant Governor] He has not done anything wrong, why is he so afraid of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids and investigations? Why doesn’t he present himself for an independent investigation?”
The party further said: “He should stop threatening people. He has done so much corruption in Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) that now he is trying to stop its demonstration by threatening people… but he cannot silence our voice. We will continue to raise our voice against corruption. We have zero tolerance against corruption.”
‘Fantastic imagination, mathematical impossibility’
Saxena hit out at AAP leaders for their allegation that there was a “scam” of Rs 1,400 crore in KVIC during the demonetisation period. According to the LG’s office, the AAP leaders’ allegations have been dismissed as “hypothetical imagination and mathematical impossibility” quoting data from the KVIC’s annual report for the year 2016-17.
The legal notice says: “It may be known that the total sales of Khadi across the country during 2016-17 was Rs 2,146.60 crore as per KVIC Annual Report 2016-17. KVIC had only 7 Departmental Store Outlets (DSOs) with sales of Rs 173.58 crore during the full year 2016-17, while the remaining sales were done through independent Khadi Sansthan stores and franchisees. Out of the sales of Rs 173.58 crore from these 7 DSOs during the year, Rs 99.35 crore was through retail sales and the rest through wholesale sales and government supplies. Since the period of demonetisation was from 9.11.2016 to 31.12.2016, on a pro-rata basis, retail sales of about Rs.14.43 crore (actual may vary) were made through these 7 DSOs during the period of demonetisation. Therefore, by any stretch of the imagination, the figure of Rs 1400 crore is not only inconsistent with the actual and undisputed figures recorded in the books of accounts, but also an incomprehensible mathematical impossibility, even if one takes into account the actual sales. Go. For the full year, which was just Rs 173.58 crore from 7 DSOs. (All figures are from KVIC Annual Report 2016-17 available on KVIC website).
The legal notice further stated that “the involvement of AAP and its leaders in such a reprehensible campaign against Mr. Saxena, wholly aimed to divert and divert the attention of the people from the blatant failure of the AAP government in Delhi, The expose in the recently surfaced Excise and Classroom scam was coupled with appreciation by the Lieutenant Governor for the ‘extraordinary work done by him in the last three months while serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi’.
Mention of LG’s work in the notice
Interestingly, the legal notice mentions all the issues that Saxena has been pointing out in the last three months such as “unfair and rampant corruption” in the construction of classrooms, “major violations” and “major violations” in the construction of classrooms, the CVC report said. Intentional procedural lapse”. The Delhi Excise Policy is among others and links it with the steps taken by the LG to discharge his constitutional duty.
The legal notice said, “…the present smear campaign is nothing more than an animalistic vendetta against my client, whose actions, among other things, exposed large-scale irregularities and corruption by some prominent AAP leaders.” Is.”
Interestingly, the legal notice also mentions the steps that the LG has taken for the people of Delhi such as “removal of garbage mounds in Delhi, and scientific and economically viable disposal of legacy waste, cleaning of Yamuna river”. , Improvements. Financial position of Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Development Authority”, among others. I