Khurshid should be sacked sans inquiry: Kejriwal

Salman Khurshid has threatened to initiate legal action against Arvind Kejriwal for alleging that an NGO headed by him siphoned off money.

New Delhi: Responding to Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid`s veiled warning that the government will take care of him in due course, and that the general public should not be concerned or worried by his antics, civil rights activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal has insisted that Khurshid should resign from the Union Cabinet immediately, or be sacked without an inquiry.

On Thursday, he again reiterated that Khurshid was involved in the alleged embezzlement of funds used by an NGO headed by him and his wife Louise.

"This is a matter where there should be no inquiry, Salman Khurshid should be dismissed straight away," said Arvind Kejriwal.

Since he launched his political party last week, one which promises to combat graft, Kejriwal has blazed a trail that openly exposes the ugly underbelly of Indian politics, and ensured that it hogs the headlines.

He first accused Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, of dubious business deals with realty giant DLF.

Kejriwal has said that the company gave exceptionally generous discounts on luxury apartments to Vadra, and in return, the Congress government in Haryana acted as "an agent of DLF" allowing commercial construction on land that was intended for public projects. DLF, the Haryana government, and Vadra have denounced the allegations.

The grounds for Khurshid`s resignation, or his dismissal, lie in a sting aired by a Hindi news channel on Tuesday night.

The expose alleges that the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, headed by Khurshid, siphoned off lakhs of money meant for physically challenged people in his home state of Uttar Pradesh.

Currently in London, Khurshid told a television channel: "Do you really think I am mad? That I would siphon off money where we`ve been working for 15 people tricycles, giving people different implements? This is my constituency. You don`t cheat on the people of your constituency," he said.

On Kejriwal insisting on his removal, he said, "I don’t think that Mr Kejriwal deserves a reply from anybody but we will take care of Kejriwal in due course of time."

To push for action against Khurshid, Kejriwal plans to lead a group of demonstrators to "gherao" or march to the Prime Minister`s house on Friday.


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