New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked the central government to return the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to him for a fair probe into the AgustaWestland chopper deal.
Addressing the media at the Secretariat, Kejriwal again accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying about his BA degree but quickly added that formal education was not needed to become the prime minister in India.
“We had the courage to register cases against Reliance and (former chief minister) Sheila Dixit during our previous 49-day government in Delhi,” he said.
“But later, during President’s Rule in Delhi, those files were locked up. When we again took power, we found the data in the files were lost.
“This is how the central government probes corruption cases. If they can’t do (a thorough job), hand over the ACB to us,” he said.
After Kejriwal returned to power in February 2015, the Modi government took away the ACB from the Delhi government.
Recalling his mentor Anna Hazare, Kejriwal said the Gandhi didn’t receive formal education but he had immense knowledge.
Modi, he said, had lied to the nation on his educational qualification.
“Modiji lied in his election affidavit that he had done BA and MA from Delhi and Gujarat. But in our investigation we have not found any records about Modi.
“The prime minister should not have cheated the nation which gave him such a huge mandate.”
He alleged a “setting” between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Why is Congress silent on the issue? Similarly, why is the BJP not arresting (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland scam? Because there is a setting between them.”
He added that instead of arresting Sonia Gandhi, the BJP was requesting Sonia Gandhi to accept her fault.
“Is this how you probe corruption charges?”