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Issue No.: 577 | July 2015

AAP's Ambition

Ashok Karnik
The media expose indicated that the AAP government in Delhi had ambitious plans to expand....Since AAP has no control over Delhi...

The media expose indicated that the AAP Government in Delhi had ambitious plans to expand its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACB) ostensibly to fight corruption. It was contemplating an increase of Rs.35 crore in its budget for the ACB. A very laudable objective at face value as corruption needs to be eradicated quickly. There was a further expose about the Punjab Government buying such equipment for ‘snooping’. If investigations went further, it might reveal that most state governments are buying state of the art equipment for surveillance, eavesdropping, bugging, debugging, explosives detection et al. It is necessary to differentiate between the Delhi Government and others. The issue is why this equipment is needed. For the AAP Government in Delhi, the real scope for its use is extremely limited as most security needs of the state are taken care of by the Central Government. Even law and order (Police) is not with the State Government. AAP’s only excuse is the need to remove corruption; other state governments need to fight terrorism, infiltration, and espionage as also corruption. AAP’s plans become suspect in the background of its fight with the Lt. Governor and the Centre.

Since the AAP has no control over the Delhi Police, the ACB is the only unit it can use as an offensive arm. It has already declared that the ACB has the powers to cover even Central Government staff in its anti-corruption drive; the claim has been legally challenged but it is ominous as even the Union Ministries and Ministers cannot escape the ACB’s reach if Mr. Kejriwal has his way. Is AAP trying to raise a parallel police/intelligence wing for itself? Anti-corruption drive would rarely need such devices as anti-corruption cases have to be fought in courts where evidence of phone taps, bugs, etc. is not admissible. The location of Union Government offices within the target range of the ACB therefore makes the entire exercise hugely dangerous. The AAP has denied that such a proposal was under Cabinet consideration but the fact remains that the proposal was in the pipeline. Good that the AAP has been made to rethink the idea. The question about misuse of the equipment by other state governments remains. While the states cannot be denied the latest technical equipment, its misuse is a distinct possibility. The only way to check this is to bring all intelligence agencies, Central or State, under the oversight of legislative bodies



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