New Delhi: Stepping up its offensive, Aam Aadmi Party on Friday challenged Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to deny that he had received another parole request from former Haryana Chief Minister OP Chautala and had “pressurised” Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain to approve it.
Accusing Jung of “concealing” the truth and trying to “save the corrupt”, AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha said the Lt Governor was trying to “misled” people on the issue.
On being asked about the basis of these claims, the AAP spokesperson said that the LG’s “statements and file notings” clearly indicated it and urged him to come clear on “who forced him to do so.”
Party leader Deepak Bajpai alleged that “whenever cases of corruption come to the fore, Jung tries to put curtains over them…case in point is the transfer of VAT Commissioner.
“We challenge the LG to deny that he had received a second parole request on 16 October based on which he pressurised the Home Minister,” party leader Deepak Bajpai said.
A Delhi government official on Thursday said that Chautala had filed a fresh plea on 16 October after his first plea for parole was rejected by LG on 5 October earlier this month.
Chadha claimed that Jung had also circumvented transaction rules of Delhi government by directly asking a home department official to get him a file on Chautala’s request for transfer to a Punjab prison.
“Why did the LG take special interest in Chautala’s request for a transfer to a Punjab prison? Is it because Punjab is BJP-ruled?” Chadha asked.
He also said Jung had granted a one-month parole extension to Chautala earlier this year “disregarding” the objection of the Delhi government in this regard. “The government had outright rejected the proposal.”
Chuatala, his son and three others are serving ten years imprisonment in teachers’ recruitment racket case.