By seeking Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung's sanction under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act to prosecute Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has sought to re-ignite the controversy regarding funding of the Aam Admi Party, or what was in the run-up to 2015 assembly polls was called the `hawala at midnight' scam.
In his letter to the LG, Swamy begins by saying that during their 49-day tenure, from 28 December 2013 to 14 February 2014, Kejriwal and Sisodia illegally favoured SKN Associates Limited. "This company was a VAT defaulter. Just 10 days before he assumed office, this company's name figured in the list of VAT defaulters who were served show cause notice by Commissioner (VAT)."
He then goes on to say, "From my investigations, I find that after coming to power for the first time, Kejriwal and Sisodia started milking these defaulters including SKN Associates", Swamy said in his letter. He adds that the "officers disgusted with corruption", provided him with the details.
In yet another attack on Arvind Kejriwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader alleged that four subsidiary companies of SKN associates had paid Rs 2 crore to the Aam Aadmi Party. Swamy, in his letter, alleges that the company is a VAT defaulter and also has had several contracts including supplying contracts for air-conditioning, LPG and CNG materials with the Delhi Government for a long time.
He lists SKN Associates Limited's four subsidiary companies - Goldmine Buildcon Private Limited, Skyline Metals & Alloy Private Limited, Infolance Software Solutions Limited, and Sunvision Agencies Private Limited- saying that they paid Rs 50 lakh each to AAP on the same day, 5 April, 2014. "Interestingly, all these non-operative companies with no notable turnovers or profits paid in total Rs 2 crore at the same time (that too at midnight) to the Aam Admi Party, a political party totally under the control of Kejriwal and Sisodia," he said in his letter.
An investigation by Mail Today found that these companies did not exit at the addresses listed on the website.
A breakaway group of the Aam Admi Party, AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), a breakaway faction of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had attacked the AAP leadership for allegedly receiving funds from dubious sources. Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had also raised this issue when they took on Kejriwal around the time they were expelled from AAP.
Swamy has tried to hit Kejriwal where it could hurt him the most, on the issue of probity and integrity. So far these charges have not struck to Kejriwal and Sisodia. Will Swamy's charge be any different?
You can read Subramanian Swamy's letter here-