‘Sting’ shows tearing of govt documents, Kejriwal alleges ‘large-scale corruption’

After a sting operation by a news channel purportedly showed files being destroyed at the Delhi Secretariat, chief minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said this was an indication of large-scale corruption in certain departments. Kejriwal said the chief secretary should ensure that all important documents are taken care of.

"This (sting) shows there is large-scale corruption in these departments and officials who are seeking transfer are understood to have been involved in it," Kejriwal said.

In the sting operation, news channel Aaj Tak showed some files being torn at the Secretariat, which houses the offices of all Delhi ministers, including the chief minister, besides other departments. Kejriwal will be sworn in as the chief minister on Saturday, along with six other ministers.

However, leader of BJP legislative party Harsh Vardhan said, "Government officers won't tear files especially for the camera. This is part of a routine procedure. Whenever a chief minister leaves office, they tend to clean it up. If these were crucial files, they would have been kept in a safe place, not torn in the Secretariat for everyone to see."

Chief Secretary D M Spolia could not be reached for comment. However, sources in the government said these were general documents related to public dealings.

"If these were important documents, would they have been torn in the open like this? Documents which no longer have any relevance are torn up in any office. T his is a routine exercise," the source said.

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