New Delhi: A whistleblower and anti-corruption activist Neil Terrance Haslam (Neil) has joined Shiv Sena led by Maharahstra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. Neil joined the party in a formal gathering in the presence of senior party functionaries here in the capital on July 17. He earlier used to be a part of the Aam Aadmi Party’s media cell and later worked as a member of the AAP’s dissident faction – Aam Aadmi Volunteers Manch (AVAM).
Haslam has many financial investigations to his name that helped unearth some of the infamous scams. He has also worked closely with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan during the days when Kejriwal used to do expose' press conferences on a regular basis against corporate houses and political parties. However, he broke ties with Aam Aadmi Party later once differences surfaced.
In the very first incidence of serious corruption charges on Aam Aadmi Party, Neil in February 2015 had alleged that the party accepted money through questionable means from 4 companies and the proof was copies of a few cheques. Kejriwal later clarified that neither he nor his party members had anything to do with these 4 companies. Haslam, though, has a different take on this.
"In investigations, I proved something ED, CBI nor income tax could not find, He found that AAP MLA Shiv Charan Goel and AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Gupta also had dealings with the one of these dubious companies. Thus proving AAP a liar", he said while commenting on his differences with AAP.
Again in 2016, along with former AAP MLA Devender Sherawat that more than Rs 16 crore party received as donations had not been declared to the election commission. He accused the party of under-reporting donations or not reporting them entirely and also using fake PAN numbers.
Neil also unearthed The transaction nexus of Mothers Pride Group and Presidium Group with various political parties. Neil's name also came up in prominent expose' including Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai's connection with the Panama Papers, the Porn films racket case involving Raj Kundra, Sherlyn Chopra, Poonam Pandey, Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, and his many shady-questionable deals.
(General News Desk, Governance Watch)
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