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AAP says Kapil Mishra misguided on number plate scam, but silent on Russia tour

In a dismissive tone, AAP government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said Mishra had no clue about the scam, and sought to know who was misguiding him.

delhi Updated: May 21, 2017 22:05 IST
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AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has come under attack from Kapil Mishra ever since the latter’s sacking recently. 
AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has come under attack from Kapil Mishra ever since the latter’s sacking recently. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi government on Sunday said former minister Kapil Mishra was misguided on the Rs 400 crore high security number plate scam, but remained silent on his allegations about the funding of AAP leaders’ Russian tour.

In a dismissive tone, AAP government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma, a close aide of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, took to Twitter to retort to Mishra’s allegations that the Russia tour of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh was funded by a person related to a firm facing probe in the scam.

He said a probe into the scam was first ordered by then-minister Saurabh Bharadwaj of the 49-day AAP government, but the decision was reversed by former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

In January 2016, the Delhi government again sent the file on the scam to the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) despite the LG having sent it for arbitration on the company’s request, Sharma said.

Hitting out at Mishra, Sharma said he had no clue about what he was speaking, and sought to know who was misguiding him.

In another tweet, the Delhi government spokesperson targeted BJP on the matter.

In a jibe, AAP leader Sanjay Singh compared Kapil Mishra to the comedian Kapil Sharma.

“Comedy show of Kapil Mishra continues. Till when will media keep showing bundle of lies. First lie was that went abroad to work against the country, and now company of number plate,” Singh said.

Mishra has been levelling allegations against AAP and its government ever since he was sacked as water minister for “non-performance”. He has claimed that AAP had received money through ‘hawala’ channels and that he had witnessed Kejriwal receiving Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendar Jain.

Mishra even went on a hunger strike asking AAP to make public the details of foreign tours of five party leaders, but ended it after fainting at a press conference. He also submitted documents to the CBI in support of his charges.

AAP has, however, dismissed Mishra’s outburst, saying the BJP was behind it and had sponsored his fast.