New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday lodged a complaint with ACB against Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung for his attempt to shield former Haryana chief minister O.P. Chautala, who is lodged in Tihar Jail over corruption charges.
Party leaders Raghav Chadha, Dilip Pandey and Ashutosh reached ACB office and registered a complaint against the L-G.
Chautala was convicted in a case relating to teachers’ recruitment in Haryana.
In its complaint letter, AAP accused the L-G of pressurising Delhi Home Minister Satyendra Jain for considering Chautala’s parole earlier this month.
“A request is made by O.P. Chautala, seeking parole on medical grounds in October. Despite the Delhi government’s strong objection to any parole request and inability for entertaining such a request under the Parole Guidelines 2010, the L-G exercised pressure on Jain, asking him to grant parole to the convict,” AAP leaders wrote in the complaint letter addressed to ACB chief.
“The reasons given by L-G while pressurizing the home minister were that Chautala has been a five-time president of a political party and thereby he should be granted parole,” the letter stated.
AAP also accused the L-G of allowing extension to Chautala’s parole in May.
“Chautala, on grounds to peruse the filing of SLP in Supreme Court, and maintain family ties, had filed a request for extension of parole in May. The Delhi government advises rejection of the parole, as it appears to be unwarranted since the convict had enjoyed a parole of many weeks in April.
“The L-G disregards the elected government’s decision of rejection of parole and grants the extension,” the complaint letter said.
Party leaders further said L-G’s willingness to discriminate in this case and offer favourable treatment to a person convicted on grounds of corruption raises concerns.
“The L-G, being a constitutional position, has misused his office to provide benefit to Chautala, in both May as well as in October, therefore the role of L-G needs to be probed thoroughly,” AAP demanded.
Jain had earlier complained to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about being pressurized by Jung for considering parole to INLD leader Om Prakash Chautala.
The L-G office had denied the government’s allegation pertaining to Chautala’s parole plea.
“The Delhi government is lying about mounting pressure on its minister (Jain) regarding considering Chautala parole,” Jung’s office had said on Friday.