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AAP files complaint with CBI against North Delhi Mayor

IANS | New Delhi |

The ruling AAP on Monday filed a complaint with the CBI, accusing North Delhi Mayor Preeti Aggrawal, a BJP leader, of “serious irregularities” in allotting government-commissioned civil and other works to favourite contractors that caused losses to the exchequer.

In the complaint filed with the probe agency, the Aam Aadmi Party made various allegations of large-scale corruption and said that Aggarwal misused her power to gain personal benefits.

“Serious irregularities were adopted in the tendering process of a Collection Transportation and Management of C and D waste in Rohini,” it said.

The party alleged that Aggarwal “in active connivance” with various officers gave a BOT (Build-operate-transfer) contract for maintenance and caretaking to Ms Geeta Enterprises for the Saraswati Sports Complex without conducting an e-auction.

Another issue that the party raised in its complaint was about the issuance of the award of contract of Shehnai Banquet Hall “in connivance with the effluent political leader” of the NDMC.

The party made another allegation about the construction of an “unauthorised 23-storey building” near Rithala metro station “in connivance” with the officials.

The complaint said that the mayor took 10 per cent as her charge to clear the open auction of a big plot in Shiva Market, which was auctioned for Rs 67 crore.

It also alleged that an e-auction was changed without assigning any valid reasons and in the meantime the officials manipulated the things to favour their only six contractors and disqualified the 32 bidders.

“The way all the investigative agencies come to action against our party. We hope the similar way the CBI would investigate the mayor’s case too,” AAP leader Dilip Pandey told a media conference.

“Mayor sahiba should know that the defamation notice sent by her won’t scare us. We will keep raising our voice against corruption spread by MCDs,” he said.