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CBI suspects corruption in the construction of CM Kejriwal’s bungalow?

The AAP accuse that the CBI enquiry is another attempt to corner Kejriwal.

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Read about the latest developments in the CBI’s investigation into alleged corruption in construction of the Chief Minister Kejriwal’s bungalow.

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Introduction

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is looking into allegations of irregularities and misconduct by unidentified public servants of the Delhi Government regarding the construction of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s new official residence. The ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) denies any wrongdoing and accuses the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to undermine them.

What is the CBI Doing?

The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against the unidentified public servants of the Delhi government. This is the first step to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with a regular FIR (First Information Report).

CBI’s Demands

The CBI’s anti-corruption branch has requested records from the Public Works Department (PWD) related to the approval and recommendation of officials, alteration of the building plans, tender documents, bids submitted by contractors, and payments made to the contractor and consultant for the project.

Excessive Expenditure Allegations

Reports claim that Rs 44.78 crore was spent on the addition/alteration of Kejriwal’s government accommodation, exceeding the sanctioned amount of Rs 43.70 crore. The BJP and Congress criticized the AAP for this alleged extravagant expenditure, as Kejriwal had promised to live in an ordinary house like a common man.

AAP’s Response

The AAP accuses the BJP of trying to hinder their work for the people. They claim that the BJP is using all its power to finish the AAP and has launched more than 50 cases against Kejriwal without any substantial outcome. The AAP believes that the CBI enquiry is another attempt to corner Kejriwal.

Reasons for the New Residence

Kejriwal’s previous official residence had a history of roof collapses, so the PWD suggested building a new house. The AAP claims that Rs 30 crore was spent on the rebuilt house.

Details of Expenditure

According to a senior PWD official, the total expenditure on the new residence amounted to around Rs 44 crore. This included costs for interior decoration, stone and marble flooring, interior consultancy, electrical fittings and appliances, firefighting system, wardrobe and accessories fitting, and kitchen appliances. Additionally, Rs 8.11 crore was spent on the camp office of the chief minister at his official residence.

AAP’s Stand

The AAP views these investigations as political vendetta by the BJP. They assert that no matter how many enquiries are launched, Kejriwal will continue to fight for the common people and his vision of making India the number one country in the world.

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