AAP demands probe into 1984 anti-Sikh riots, MM Khan murder case

In a press conference on Thursday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) brought up the issues of Kamal Nath's resignation and the murder of MM Khan, the late legal officer of New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC).

Dilip Pandey at the press conference. Twitter/@ANI_news

Dilip Pandey at the press conference. Twitter/@ANI_news

Speaking on Kamal Nath's resignation, AAP leader Dilip Pandey said that the Congress was forced to withdraw him because of continuous pressure, due to his alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He further said that the Congress had accepted their defeat in the Punjab polls.

Quoting the Nanavati Commission report, the party said that Nath was present during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and that the case on him be reopened. Staying on the subject, the party also demanded that Capt Amarinder Singh quit.

In a severe salvo style that AAP is known for, in its conferences, Pandey accused the BJP of having links with the murder of MM Khan, asking why the party's leaders weren't quizzed. The party also demanded the arrest of NDMC’s vice-chairman Karan Singh Tanwar. "If Karan Singh Tanwar is not arrested, we will believe that the BJP is guilty of Khan murder," Pandey said and added, "We have provided enough evidences against Tanwar. He wrote a letter to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to seek Khan's removal. Then why is Delhi Police saving him? It is working like a spokesperson of the BJP."

Khan was allegedly offered a Rs three crore bribe by Kakkar to turn the Rs 140 crore hotel dispute in his favour but the officer refused, resulting in his murder.  Khan’s murder has highlighted the deep-rooted corruption that reeks through one of the country’s biggest civic bodies. For almost three decades, the NDMC has time and again been subjected to various allegations of corruption, mostly involving real estate and building construction issues. In 2015, as many as four top NDMC officials were sent to prison on charges of corruption relating to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

It has also been alleged that hotelier Ramesh Kakkar had allegedly hired the killers to eliminate Khan.

The AAP has also been demanding the sacking of NDMC mayor Ravinder Gupta in an alleged bribery case, even as complaints have been mounting against Karan Singh Tanwar by his own colleagues, who blamed him for halting NDMC’s eviction drive against squatters in popular market complexes.

A Times Now report said that Arvind Kejriwal has been alleging that Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung was shielding Karan Singh Tanwar and BJP's Maheish Girri (in the MM Khan murder case) and that Jung didn't allow them to be questioned. Girri said that he was "shocked" that Kejriwal mentioned his name in the murder case and challenged him to join him for an open debate at the Constitution Club on 19 June. "If he cannot prove any links, he should resign," Girri said.

Updated Date: Jun 16, 2016 16:50 PM

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