Delhi vigilance has issued a show cause notice to the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) regarding the renovation of Chief Minister Kejriwal’s residence

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Showcause Notice Issued to PWD Officials Over Alleged Extravagant Expenses in Delhi CM’s Kejriwal Residence Renovation Case

Delhi, India – The Directorate of Vigilance has taken action by issuing showcause notices to officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) in connection with an ongoing controversy surrounding the renovation of Delhi Chief Minister’s Arvind Kejriwal residence. The notices were served on Monday, raising concerns over alleged “gross violations” of rules in the project.

According to a factual report submitted by the Delhi government’s Vigilance Directorate, the total cost of renovating the Chief Minister’s Kejriwal residence amounted to a staggering Rs 52.71 crore. The breakdown revealed that Rs 33.49 crore was spent on the construction of the house, while Rs 19.22 crore went towards establishing a camp office for the Chief Minister.

The controversy emerged amidst mounting allegations of irregularities in the renovation, brought forward by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and extensively covered by the media. In response to these claims, Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) VK Saxena instructed Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar in April to secure all relevant files and present a comprehensive factual report.

The report, prepared and signed by Special Secretary (Vigilance) YVVJ Rajasekhar, was submitted to the LG on May 12, just one day after the Supreme Court granted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government executive control over service matters in Delhi.

According to the report’s findings, the PWD initially estimated the construction cost to range between Rs 15-20 crore. However, the first tender, awarded in October 2020 for Rs 8.61 crore, did not mention the construction of a new building.

Subsequently, several additional proposals for modifications and enhancements were introduced, significantly expanding the scope of work in terms of both the built-up area and the plinth area. The report justified the increased expenses by citing superior specifications for various components, including a modular kitchen, a pantry, a wardrobe, and a laundry. It also highlighted that the construction work took place during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a 2020 finance department order mandating expenditure only on emergency-related matters.

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Of particular concern highlighted in the report is the fact that the construction work was carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a 2020 finance department order that restricted expenditure to emergency requirements only.

The issuance of showcause notices to the PWD officials marks a significant step towards investigating the alleged irregularities in the renovation of the Delhi CM’s residence. The case has garnered widespread attention, reflecting the importance of transparency and adherence to regulations in public expenditure.

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