Will probe anyone guilty of graft, even if it is Sheila Dikshit, says Kejriwal

Delhi

Even as the Aam Aadmi Party forms the government with outside support from the Congress, the party continues to be firm on its stand to prosecute any person found guilty of corruption, even if they are senior leaders from the previous government.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said action would be taken even if the person was "Sheila Dikshit, a member from the BJP, or his own party".

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the party's two day National Executive meet, Kejriwal said, "We will not spare anybody involved in corruption. There is no question of compromising on it. I swear on my own life that even if it is (former CM) Sheila Dikshit or any other minister, leaders of the Congress, BJP or my own party (members), nobody will be spared. The BJP's Harsh Vardhan has asked me to to take action against Sheila Dikshit. I told him to give me proof and I would initiate action."

However, the chief minister admitted that it would take time to set up a proper anti-corruption mechanism in Delhi.

"We are overhauling the state Vigilance department, which was made non-existent by the previous government. Of the 30 inspectors, only 11 are posted. There are vacancies at every level. We are trying to strengthen the department and identify the honest officers. Cases raised by the Anti-corruption Department or the State Vigilance Commission were never taken up and were brushed under the carpet," Kejriwal claimed.

When questioned on his earlier claim that he had evidence of corruption against the Delhi government, Kejriwal said, "In November 2010, I had prepared a 370-page report on CWG scam. It contains evidence on corrupt practices during the Games. It doesn't mention any names. The report was based on newspaper reports. We are working towards launching an anti-corruption helpline, and will work towards swift action against any complaints received."

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