Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha was detained today by the Delhi Police ahead of a planned protest by the party outside Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence against alleged misappropriation of funds by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
Apart from the protest outside Mr Shah’s residence, the Delhi-based party had announced demonstration at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into its allegations.
Earlier, Mr Chadha had sought permission to hold the demonstration but it was denied by the police citing the coronavirus pandemic.
“We in writing informed the police that we will go to Home Minister’s house at 11 am. But since early hours, I have heavy police deployment outside my house. The SHO have said in no uncertain terms that if you step out of the house we will be compelled to detain you,” the AAP leader told NDTV moments before he was detained. Mr Chadha and nine members of the Aam Aadmi Party have been taken to Rajendra Nagar police station.
AAP has alleged that the North MCD had waived off Rs 2,457 crore which the South MCD was supposed to pay as rent for using the premises of the civic centre building in central Delhi which is officially the property of the North civic body.
“North MCD waived Rs 2500 crore rent dues of South MCD, resulting in a loss to the public exchequer. Who is responsible for this corruption? On Sunday, we will go and meet the Union Home Minister and LG at 11 am. We will sit there till they give consent for CBI enquiry,” Atishi said while addressing a press conference on Saturday.
“Time and again North MCD says we do not have money to pay for doctors, nurses and other workers. But it waives off Rs 2500 crore dues of South MCD,” she added.
Atishi said that Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain has ordered a secretary-level enquiry into this.
On Saturday, the party had sought a permission from Delhi Police but it was denied citing the coronavirus pandemic.
“…Any type of gathering is not allowed outside the residence of Hon”ble Home Minister of India. Your request has been considered but rejected. You are requested to co-operate with the Delhi Police. …all social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions/other gathering are prohibited up to 31.12.2020 throughout NCT of Delhi in order to prevent and control the outbreak of pandemic disease namely COVID-19,” the order said.