We asked CBI to prove night shelter scam: Dikshit

Reacts to CVC order on Rs 20 crore embezzlement

Reacting to the chief vigilance commissioner’s (CVC) recent orders that CBI should investigate the siphoning of Rs 20 crore by DUSIB in the building of night shelters, Delhi Government on Monday said that it was Delhi government which had asked the CBI in October, 2010 to investigate the embezzlement.

The alleged money laundering had taken place when DUSIB (erstwhile slum and JJ department) was governed by the BJP-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

As per the press statement released by the office of chief minister Sheila Dikshit, the fraud had been detected while going through the records of Slum & JJ Department after the city government took its charge from the corporation and transformed into DUSIB.

“The condition of slums and JJ colonies was going from bad to worse and the government was flooded with a large number of complaints from the residents. The city government, after the constitution of DUSIB, started looking into the records and decided to approach Delhi Police at various levels to seek proper investigation of embezzlement of cash by an assistant director in connivance with other staff members,” said the press statement.
 
It further said the government even sent a communication to the director of CBI on October 29, 2010 requesting to initiate an independent investigation in the matter. “The city government on its part suspended the assistant director and nine other officers involved in the matter,” the statement said. It has come to light that ever since the scam was unearthed in September 2010, anti-corruption bureau of Delhi government has been sitting over it.

Meanwhile, Arvinder Singh, minister of urban development ministry, under which DUSIB functions refused to comment on it as he was not heading the ministry then. While inaugurating the development works in his assembly constituency, Singh said Delhi government has made enough provisions for all the homeless people.

Dismiss 28 officers: BJP

BJP Delhi pradesh president Vijender Gupta on Monday demanded that the lieutenant governor of Delhi should immediately dismiss 28 officers of the DUSIB who swindled Rs 20 crore meant for construction of night shelters for the homeless people. “These officers have committed unpardonable crime with the poors who are suffering in the intense cold weather due to their greed. They should be immediately dismissed,” said Gupta.

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