How Kejriwal govt snooped on bureaucrats

In a story titled ‘Arvind Kejriwal: The Reckoning’, the Open magazine has presented its findings, which alleged that the Delhi CM and his govt is going away from the lucidity and political ethics they so fervently stand by in public. The publication pronounces they gained “private access” to documents of the Delhi govt which “smack of malfeasance.”

Kejriwal returned to power in 2015, and he began a clandestine exercise without securing the requisite consent of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi. He put together a team that would be under his power and involved both the serving and retired officials of the Police, Enforcement Directorate, CBI and other agencies, who were offered top secret funds, to run together with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

On 1st April 2015, the Delhi govt decided to strengthen the ACB by creating 259 new posts to attach to the existing 116, in which greater powers were given to some senior officers. The cabinet meeting also proposed raising the top secret fund from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. The entire plan also visualized the procurement of high-end equipment for research & data analysis, including surveillance & monitoring purposes.

This unit has been functional since Feb 2016 but the LG’s office had no information about its existence till Aug 2016. Even the chief vigilance officer of the Delhi govt was unacquainted of these developments.

In view of the fact that the formation of this unit was not approved, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) faced the anger of bureaucrats for allegedly spying them with negative intentions. The party claimed they live their lives without taking any benefits, has its leaders incessantly going on luxurious trips abroad to attend conferences. They never foccussed on any productive work in Delhi. The trips were carried without any approval, clearance, travelling in business class, and the delegations comprising non-specialists instead of professionals.

Now all this comes into public attention, and Arvind Kejriwal is going to have a difficult time providing a reasonable explanation for this which goes along with the serious ideals he likes to state publicly.

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