Delhi L-G orders NIA probe against AAP's chief Arvind Kejriwal for ‘receiving Khalistani funds’

Delhi's Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena purportedly ordered an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's purported acceptance of funds from a pro-Khalistan organization.

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Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor V K Saxena has urged the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. This recommendation comes in response to allegations of political funding from the banned extremist group Sikhs for Justice. The recommendation stems from a complaint filed by Ashoo Mongia of the World Hindu Federation.

It alleges that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received a substantial $16 million from the pro-Khalistan group. This purported funding was said to have been used to advocate for the release of Devendra Pal Bhullar and promote pro-Khalistani sentiments.

Saxena's statement

Saxena highlighted the seriousness of the allegations, especially given the involvement of a sitting Chief Minister and the funding from a banned extremist organization. He emphasized the need for a thorough investigation, including forensic examination of electronic evidence.

In addition to the NIA probe recommendation, Saxena also brought attention to a letter written by Kejriwal in January 2014. The letter, addressed to Iqbal Singh, indicated AAP's support for initiatives such as the release of Professor Bhullar and the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Video allegations

The complaint also cited a video released by Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. In the video, Pannun alleged that the AAP, under Kejriwal's leadership, had received $16 million from Khalistani groups between 2014 and 2022.

Who is Devendra Pal Bhullar?

Devendra Pal Singh Bhullar is a convicted individual in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, which resulted in the deaths of nine people and injuries to 31 others. He was arrested after being deported from Germany and has been in Tihar jail since 1995.

Initially sentenced to death in August 2001, Bhullar's capital punishment was later commuted to life imprisonment in 2014 by a designated court under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

LG saab trying to make headlines : Saurabh Bharadwaj

In response to Delhi's Lieutenant-Governor's order to probe Delhi CM's alleged involvement, Delhi Goverenmnet's Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj stated that this is complete misue of constitutional powers of LG. In his X post, he said that LG saab is desperately trying to gain headlines during ongpoing Election season.

The post added that, two years ago, the High Court dismissed the PIL that called for a high-level investigation into the same problem. Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla's Division Bench dismissed a plea from a Jagdish Sharma, calling it "completely frivolous."