Slamming the BJP over Delhi government's stand on the ACB's jurisdiction in the High Court, AAP today called it a "shameful compromise with corruption" and a bid to bail out Reliance Industries and former UPA ministers.
"The BJP-controlled Delhi administration's stand before the High Court on Tuesday to curtail the powers of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) is the most blatant example of the ruling party's direct and shameful compromise with corruption", the party said in a statament.
"The central government, as part of its deliberate strategy to reduce the Delhi ACB into a meaningless body, has taken a series of completely unjustified steps which prove its highly suspect motive of bailing out the Reliance Industries Limited and former ministers of the UPA government, despite their direct involvement in the Rs 54,000 crore natural gas pricing scam," the statament said.
The power of Delhi government's ACB to probe graft allegations against former UPA ministers and others in relation to alleged irregularities in raising price of gas from RIL's KG6 basin has been taken away by a recent notification of the Centre, the Delhi High Court was today told.
Accusing the BJP of being "hell-bent" on killing the probe in one of the biggest scams, AAP said the saffron party's actions completely contradicted the claims made in the Lok Sabha election campaign when it had promised zero tolerance on corruption.
It also said that the party will intervene in this matter "legally" and will not allow the conspiracy to kill the ACB to succeed at any cost.
"What can be more shameful than the fact that despite the ACB having informed the Delhi High Court in a 32-page affidavit that its probe into the scam is going on which requires detailed investigation, the BJP government has made a desperate attempt to kill the probe.
"Why is the BJP trying to protect the RIL and former UPA petroleum ministers M Veerappa Moily and Murli Deora from facing investigation? It is very clear that the central government arm-twisted the Delhi administration to do a u-turn for Tuesday's hearing, since during the previous hearing on August 6, it had stated that the government would not take a separate stand and will go along with what the ACB decides," AAP said.