CBI probes into AAP government’s special ‘feedback’ unit

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CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry to look into the setting up of a special unit under Directorate of Vigilance by Delhi government without necessary approvals from the Lt Governor.

CBI sources said a preliminary enquiry has been registered by the agency after the office of former LG Najeeb Jung referred to it seven matters of alleged irregularity by Delhi government which had come to light in the Shunglu panel report.

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The sources said about 20 people were allegedly employed in the division — the ‘feedback’ unit — for which the Delhi cabinet had cleared the decision in September last year without consulting the office of LG, which was a “serious issue” on its part.

The unit was allegedly created to “gather relevant information and actionable feedback” about officials and departments under the Delhi government.

It was also tasked to do trap cases to catch bureaucrats taking bribe red handed.

The action has been taken on a reference from Jung who had formed a three-member committee chaired by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu on August 30, 2016, whose other members included ex-chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami and ex-chief vigilance commissioner Pradeep Kumar.

CBI has registered two FIRs as well on the basis of the reference which include alleged irregularities in the Delhi Wakf Board and appointment of Nikunj Aggarwal as OSD to Health Minister Satyendra Jain.

The Committee’s mandate was to examine “irregularities” and “infirmities” in over 400 files on decisions taken by the AAP government.

It had submitted its report to the LG office on November 27.

In August last year, the Delhi High Court had ordered that the LG was the administrator of the national capital rejecting several pleas challenging the LG’s authority after which he had ordered examining of the files.

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