Punjab govt ready to investigate corruption charges against AAP leaders: Sukhbir Badal

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Any complaint made by Sucha Singh Chotepur, who was convenor Punjab unit of the AAP, against any of his party leader about corruption will be investigated, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here today.

He was reacting to utterances made by Chotepur regarding corruption in AAP.

He, however, said that the complaint has to be written and specific against some particular leader.

He alleged that the AAP had a tie up with “radicals”.

He further alleged the AAP leaders had assured the radicals that they would be handed over the control of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee if they help them returning to power in Punjab.

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When asked if he had any evidence to substantiate his charge, the deputy chief minister claimed that he had “sufficient evidence” in support of his allegation.

He alleged that more than half of the candidates announced by the AAP had criminal background.

This came after the Aam Aadmi Party removed its Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chotepur, who has been accused of taking bribe for assigning constituencies to party candidates next year’s assembly elections.

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The decision Political Affairs Committee has now been sent to AAP’s disciplinary committee.

This was after senior AAP leaders reportedly met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence on Friday.

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann told reporters that Chotepur will be given a chance to explain his stand to the party leadership and that his case has been referred to a two-member committee comprising Jasbir Singh and the AAP Punjab joint in-charge Jarnail Singh.

“The allegation is that Chotepur sought Rs 60 lakh from from a ticket aspirant and the deal was fixed at Rs 30 lakh.

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The person has already paid him Rs 4 lakh, of which Chotepur returned Rs 3 lakh. He kept the rest of the amount with him,” Mann said.

Meanwhile, Chotepur, in a conference at Chandigarh, said, “I am saddened that the party, instead of defending me has levelled allegations against me.”

On the purported sting operation against him, Chotepur said it was a “conspiracy” hatched by “my own friends within the party.”

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