Delhi L-G gives nod for CBI probe into ‘irregularities’ in purchase of buses

After Delhi’s lieutenant governor VK Saxena approved an investigation into the Delhi government’s purchase of 1,000 low-floor buses, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday (September 11, 2022) hit back at Delhi LG and calrified that the buses were never purchased, and tenders were cancelled. AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj, while addressing a press conference in the national capital, claimed that the CBI had opened a preliminary investigation and that the agency had found nothing a year ago.

“The L-G is facing many serious allegations of corruption. To divert attention, he is making such enquiries. All enquiries so far have yielded no results. After making frivolous complaints against three ministers, he has now made a complaint against the fourth minister. He should first respond to the allegations of corruption against him,” Saurabh Bharadwaj said. 

“These buses were never purchased, and tenders were cancelled. Delhi needs a more educated L-G. This man has no clue what he is signing on,” Bharadwaj added. 

According to the complaint, addressed to Saxena in June this year, the appointment of the Minister of Transport, Kailash Gahlot, as the Chairman of the Committee for tendering and procurement of buses by DTC was made in a “pre-mediated manner”.

“Irregularities in the bid of July 2019 for procurement of 1000 low floor BS-IV and BS-VI buses and a bid of March 2020 for purchase and annual maintenance contract of low floor BS-VI buses,” read the complaint.