Delhi LG to sue AAP leaders for defamation

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has threatened to sue Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including MLAs Atishi Marlena and Saurabh Bharadwaj, for “highly defamatory and false” corruption allegations against him.

AAP has alleged that Saxena pressured two employees to change banned currency notes worth ₹ 1,400 crore when he was chairman of a government Khadi body during the demonetization of 2016.

Saxena refuted the AAP charge as a “figment of their imagination”.

“The LG has taken a serious view of these blatantly false, defamatory, and obviously diversionary allegations made by these AAP leaders and has decided to take legal action against them so that the AAP does not get away with its characteristic shoot and scoot.”

Saxena said at the time, a vigilance inquiry was called when it came to be known that “certain demonetized notes were deposited in the account of Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan. Four officials were suspended.

When the CBI stepped in, it found that ₹ 17,07,000 in banned notes was deposited and only two of the officials were involved. The case is still pending in court, said the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

“The matter being falsely touted by the AAP is with regards to just ₹ 17.07 lakh as against the claims of ₹ 1,400 crore, which is nothing but a figment of imagination for which the habitual liars will face the consequences,” the statement said.

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