HC saved DMRC from paying Rs 4,500 crore to Ambani firm, says AAP
NEW DELHI: The AAP welcomed the recent judgement by the Delhi High Court saving the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation from paying Rs 4,500 crore as compensation to Anil Ambani owned company which had terminated its contract for the Airport Metro Express Line. The High Court has correctly prevented the defaulting private company from wrongly getting Rs 4,500 crore of taxpayers money for making profit and running away from its responsibility of running this critical Metro line.
The AAP has consistently maintained that the deal between the DMRC and the Anil Ambani owned company – Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Ltd (DAMEPL) – was a scam and it solely aimed at illegally benefiting this company at the cost of citizens of Delhi.
"It is extremely surprising as to why the Modi government at the Centre did not accept the Delhi government recommendation for a CBI probe into this highly suspect and dubious deal. What raises further suspicion is that why is the Modi government protecting the suspect deal of the previous Congress government?," the AAP said. "The agreement between the DMRC and this private company was illegally modified and wilfully manipulated to give an unfair advantage to this private at the expense of the public exchequer. There were serious multiple defects and lapses in the civil construction of this Metro line," it said.
"The High Court rightly stated that safety of Metro commuters is not negotiable and no private company could have terminated the contract on the ground that since the speed on this Metro line will be slow leading to losses, therefore it is terminating the contract," the AAP said.