Aam Aadmi leader Raghav Chadha detained, police say no to protest at Amit Shah home

AAP leader Raghav Chadha was detained today by the Delhi Police ahead of a planned protest by the party outside Home Minister Amit Shah's residence

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha was detained today by the Delhi Police ahead of a planned protest by the party outside Home Minister Amit Shah’s residence against alleged misappropriation of funds by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

Apart from the protest outside Mr Shah’s residence, the Delhi-based party had announced demonstration at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s residence demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into it allegations.

AAP has alleged that the North MCD had waived off ₹ 2,457 crore which the South MCD was supposed to pay as rent for using the premises of the civic centre building in central Delhi which is officially the property of the North civic body.

“North MCD waived off ₹ 2500 crore rent dues of South MCD, resulting in a loss to the public exchequer. Who is responsible for this corruption? Tomorrow, we will go and meet the Union Home Minister and LG at 11 am. We will sit there till they give consent for CBI enquiry,” Atishi said while addressing a press conference.

“Time and again North MCD says we do not have money to pay for doctors, nurses and other workers. But it waives off ₹ 2500 crore dues of South MCD,” she added.

On Saturday, Mr Chadha had sought permission to hold the demonstration but it was denied by the police citing the coronavirus pandemic.

…Any type of gathering is not allowed outside the residence of Hon”ble Home Minister of India. Your request has been considered but rejected. You are requested to co-operate with the Delhi Police,” the Delhi Police said in its reply.

“…all social/academic/sports/entertainment/cultural/religious/political functions/other gathering are prohibited up to 31.12.2020 throughout NCT of Delhi in order to prevent and control the outbreak of pandemic disease namely COVID-19,” the order said.

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