New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Arvind Kejriwal stormed to power in Delhi riding on their stand against corruption and asking for an empowered Lokayukta, but Delhi’s chief minister is now in the net of the same custodian as Delhi’s Lokayukta on January 10 issued notice against Kejriwal for having failed to declare his assets for three consecutive financial years, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Responses to RTI applications lodged by advocate and RTI activist Vivek Garg also revealed that Kejriwal is not alone in this, rather most of his MLAs and ministers too have refrained from filing their assets and liabilities to the competent authorities for the said period of three years. 

Responding to Garg’s complaint based on the information he received, the Delhi Lokayukta issued notices to Kejriwal and his colleagues to “furnish response to the complaint and, in case they have filed annual return of assets and liabilities with the competent authority, copies of such returns be filed before this forum as well”.

According to the notice, a copy of which was accessed by MyNation, the Delhi chief minister and his erring MLAs have been given time till 28 January to come clean. The next hearing has been scheduled on this date.

“Under Section 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act and Section 75-A of the Representation of People Act, every public servant of the country has to declare the assets of his family. MLAs too are covered under this. When even judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court have given the details of their assets on the internet, how can Kejriwal and his MLAs not do this?” said Garg.

Meanwhile, AAP MLA Alka Lamba took to Twitter to lodge her protest against the complaint. Lamba alleged that the BJP was behind the Lokayukta notice.