New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of trying to "shield" real culprits by allegedly "forcing" the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) to file a "half-baked chargesheet" in the multi-crore CNG fitness scam.
"The AAP is of the categorical view that the LG, whose own role in this scam is suspect, is trying to shield the ministers of the then Congress government of Delhi and also its top officials, some of whom have since retired.
"The Lt Governor of Delhi has misused his position by having forced the ACB to file a half-baked chargesheet in undue haste in the Rs 100 crore CNG fitness scam to save the real culprits who were behind this huge loss to the state exchequer," the AAP said in a statement.
The ACB, last week, filed the chargesheet in the CNG fitness case, a move that has not gone well with the state government at a time when it had ordered a 'Commission of Inquiry' to probe the matter.
Last month, Union Home Ministry had termed the set up of Commission of Inquiry by the Delhi government as "illegal, invalid."
Accusing the LG of consistently "suppressing" the probe, the party said Jung needs to come clean on the issue.
"The LG, who first tried to unsuccessfully hide behind an inquiry committee set-up by him to deny the sanction to prosecute and question the officers involved in the scam, has now taken a complete U-turn by forcing the ACB to file a chargesheet against junior officers, in a desperate bid to deflect attention from his own dubious role and that of the real culprits involved in this mega scam," it said.
The party said it is "intriguing" that the LG, who had issued a public statement on June 9 to justify his decision of having denied prosecution sanction to certain top officials, whom the ACB had wanted to prosecute, has now suddenly changed his stand.