The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has been hit by a ‘sugar scam’ after an RTI reply revealed that the city government bought sugar for public distribution from two private companies at ‘exorbitant’ rates.
The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief, MK Meena, taking cognisance of the RTI and a complaint from RTI activist Vivek Garg, on Wednesday ordered a probe into the alleged anomalies in sugar procurement by Delhi government.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has however denied the charges terming them baseless and defamatory. According to the information procured by Garg, Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (DSCSC) procured 101000 quintals of sugar worth Rs.31.62 crore for public distribution at the rate of Rs.33.90-30.87 per kg while the wholesale rates offered by public sugar cooperatives are between Rs.19-20 per kg.
According to the RTI reply,the Delhi government has procured around 15000 quintals from ‘Sainik Food Private Limited’ at Rs.33.90 per kg and 86000 quintals at Rs.30.87 per kg from ‘Doctor Frozen Food India Ltd’ since February.
Based on the information, Garg registered a complaint against Arvind Kejriwal government with the Meena-led ACB, which ordered the probe.
“The probe is being supervised by Meena himself. A notice has been issued demanding the concerned authority from Delhi government to join the probe,” said a source.
The Delhi government in a rejoinder issued later in the day, however, denied the allegations as ‘baseless and defamatory’stating that the name of DSCSC is being ‘unnecessarily’ dragged into the controversy with an ‘ulterior’ motive.