New Delhi: The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday alleged that former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit was a part of the scam involving appointment and promotion of members in the Delhi Nagrik Sahakari Bank.
Addressing a press conference here, party leader Saurabh Bhardwaj said the Co-operative Bank, which was already facing a probe by the Delhi Vidhan Sabha committee for giving loans worth crores of rupees without following proper procedure, was headed for more investigation, with the new facts coming to light.
This is a huge scam, involving top officials of the Bank, its Directors and also some senior Congress leaders, the MLA further alleged.
''Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has suddenly developed a soft corner for Delhi bureaucrats. I would like to ask her why is she feeling the pinch for Chief Secretary MM Kutty, who is being probed for his role in the multi crore scam? ''It's because several Congress leaders have stake in it, including Mr Kutty, who was then Principal Secretary of Ms Dikshit, when she was the Chief Minister,'' he said.
Mr Bhardwaj mentioned an investigation report done by Special Secretary, GAD PC Jain, under the Registrar of Co-Operative Societies, which said new member forms were bought in bulk by top notch officials and Directors of the Bank.
''Ms Dikshit herself bought 1000 forms,'' he added.
He said one more interesting fact was that 80 applications had been received by the bank from three different Delhi post offices, bearing just one ticket on their envelopes. How did they reach the bank, is still a mystery, Mr Bhardwaj quipped.
He further said that a complaint was made to Ms Dikshit then by whistleblower Anil Gaur, who had alleged that Bank Directors and officials had recruited their relatives and fake members.
Ms Dikshit had not paid attention to it then. The matter was even raised in the Delhi Assembly, but no action whatsoever was taken on it, he added.
Whatever scam happened in the Co-operative Bank in recruitment and promotion, was all in the tenure of Sheila Dixit, right under her nose, the MLA alleged.
Ever since the AAP government took notice of this bank, its member figure shrank to 14000 from 67,000, implying that the rest were fake members, Mr Bhardwaj pointed out.
On Tuesday, Ms Dikshit had flayed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for saying that 90 per cent of the city government's top bureaucrats and IAS officers, "do not work".
"Kejriwalji, Delhi has some of the most efficient bureaucrats. They helped me tirelessly in achieving my goal of transforming Delhi," she had said.