Published On: Sat, Feb 25th, 2017

Kejriwal seeks bank accounts details of Jaitley

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday approached the Delhi High Court seeking back account details of of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and his family members from 1999 to 2015.

He said that police’s duty is to protect the citizens and not allow ABVP “goons” to indulge in violence

Kejriwal also sought copies of all ledgers of the books of accounts, copies of all bank statements of entities where he or his family has direct or indirect ownership or equity shareholding of more than 10 per cent from the financial year 1999 to 2015.

The plea also sought copies of complete income tax return form and wealth tax return form along with the computations of same period.

Kejriwal filed the application in an ongoing defamation case filed by Jaitley against him and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders after the Chief Minister accused Jaitley of financial irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association, a body which the Finance Minister once headed.

In his defamation suit, Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and others for their allegations of irregularities and financial bungling in DDCA when he was its president for 13 years till 2013.

The BJP leader, who has denied the charges, has also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a city court on the same matter while the DDCA, too, has moved court against Kejriwal.

On the other hand, Kejriwal also slammed Delhi Police for showing alleged laxity in handling the clashes at Delhi University’s Ramjas College and alleged that the police force has turned into an “agent” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“We strongly criticise the manner in which the Delhi Police has become an agent of the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) and the BJP,” Kejriwal told reporters here.

He said that police’s duty is to protect the citizens and not allow ABVP “goons” to indulge in violence.

“We strongly condemn violence in Delhi University and hope that Prime Minister (Narendra Modi), whose responsibility is to maintain law and order in Delhi as police reports to him, will punish the culprits,” Kejriwal said.

He also appealed to Modi to not act as a “BJP worker” and perform his duty in an impartial way.

“The Delhi Police reports to the Prime Minister. He is not the Prime Minister of the BJP only but of all people, including me, and he should perform his duty,” the AAP convener said.

The clashes were triggered on Wednesday over an invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, who was jailed last year over sedition charges, for a literary seminar at Ramjas College.

Delhi Police on Thursday suspended three policemen on charges of assaulting some students and journalists during a clash between two student groups at Ramjas College.

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