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29/09/2018 12:05 PM IST | Updated 29/09/2018 12:27 PM IST

Highest Number Of Corruption Cases Against Delhi Ministers Since 2008 Recorded In 2017: Report

AAP came to power in the aftermath of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal.

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The office of the Delhi Lokayukta received the highest number of complaints against Delhi ministers since 2008 in 2017, according to a Right to Information (RTI) reply given in response to a query by The Hindu.

The newspaper reported that out of the 24 complaints received by the Delhi Lokayukta since the Aam Aadmi Party swept the Delhi Assembly election in 2015, 11 were in 2017.

When the Sheila Dikshit government was in power from 2008 to 2013, the Delhi Lokayukta received 34 complaints against ministers. The highest number of complaints - nine - were received in 2012. And of the 56 complaints received from 2008 till July 31,2018, 47 have been disposed and nine are pending.

AAP was formed and came to power in the aftermath of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal, who went on to become the chief minister of Delhi.

Last year, suspended AAP lawmaker Kapil Mishra, who served as Delhi's Water Minister, accused Kejriwal of corruption. "It has now become clear that Arvind Kejriwal is a corrupt man," Mishra said, alleging that AAP had received "crores of rupees" from "shell companies."

Mishra also alleged that he had seenKejriwal accepting cash from PWD Minister Satyendar Jain at the CM's official residence in May, 2017. A member of BJP's legal cell filed a complaint in Delhi Lokayukta based on Mishra's allegation.

In August, however, it was reported that the Delhi Lokayukta had found no evidence of wrongdoing on Kejriwal's part and his name was dropped from the case. The case, however, remains open.