Explainer: Why Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s bungalow is under CBI lens | India News

The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry to look into alleged “irregularities and misconduct” by unidentified Delhi government’s public servants in the construction of a new official residence for CM Arvind Kejriwal.
The preliminary enquiry is the first step to ascertain if the allegations have prima facie material to proceed with a regular FIR.
What CBI wants
In its letter to the Public Works Department (PWD), the CBI’s anti-corruption branch has demanded records related to the approval and recommendation of its officials related to alteration, tender documents and bids submitted by contractors.
It has also sought documents related to approval of building plans and requests from the client for superior specifications like modular kitchen, marble flooring and other ornamental work.
It asked the PWD to deposit records related to payments made to the contractor AK Builders and consultant to the project in addition to several other relevant documents.
‘Vendetta politics’
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi rejected the allegation of any wrongdoing and alleged that “the BJP is using all its power to finish the AAP”.
The BJP and the Congress allege Kejriwal broke his promise of living in an ordinary house like an “aam aadmi” with his extravagance on the official residence.
The case
Reports had surfaced in April claiming that a total of Rs 44.78 crore against a sanctioned amount of Rs 43.70 crore was spent on “addition/alteration” of Kejriwal’s official bungalow. The money was spent in six tranches between September 2020 and June 2022.
Kejriwal’s official residence was built in 1942. Its roof had collapsed thrice and the house needed urgent renovation, AAP leader Sanjay Singh had said then.
The Kejriwal government has pleaded with the Supreme Court for expeditious adjudication of its challenge to the validity of the Government of NCT Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2023, which gives overriding powers to the Centre over bureaucrats posted with the Delhi government.
The government has said that it is not being able to function as no bureaucrat listens to Delhi ministers.

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