Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra claimed he saw former fellow cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain giving chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Rs 2 crore and demanded to know what the money was for.
Mishra heightened suspense on Sunday morning ahead of a press conference at Rajghat, saying he had seen “him” take illegal cash, without identifying the person.
Mishra, who was removed from his post on Saturday, has claimed that a conspiracy is being hatched against him due to the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal.
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9:15 pm: Kapil Mishra says he will go to ACB office at 11 am on Monday.
I am going to give two person's names to ACB in connection with tanker scam, Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel: Kapil Mishra pic.twitter.com/EF4FYrSplK— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2017
8:30 pm: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari meets lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and asks him to examine the possibility of “immediately dismissing” Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain.
7:00 pm: “Shameless” Kejriwal won’t resign unless CBI takes action, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tells ANI.
6:00 pm: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh seeks resignation of Kejriwal, claiming that the AAP supremo had no moral right to continue in office as his “corrupt face” had been “totally exposed”.
5:30 pm: Without naming anyone, lieutenant governor Kiran Bedi in her twitter handle said the “allegation of corruption made by a minister claiming to be an eyewitness against his own chief minister needs an independent investigation forthwith.”
5:10 pm: Kejriwal became chief minister due to fight against corruption in Delhi, and the news of allegations on him today is saddening, ANI quotes Anna Hazare, the Delhi CM’s mentor who was the face of the anti-corruption crusade.
5:05 pm: The person who can buy out Kejriwal has not been born yet, tweets AAP leader Ashish Khetan.
Arvind Kejriwal ko kharidne wala abhi tak is duniya me bana nahi hai— Ashish Khetan (@AashishKhetan) May 7, 2017
5:00 pm: Youth Congress workers protest outside the chief minister’s residence, water cannons used: TV reports
4:45 pm: Even Kejriwal’s greatest enemies won’t believe in Mishra’s allegation, says Kumar Vishwas: ANI
4:05 pm: Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says Swaraj Party does not have enough evidence to back Kapil Mishra’s allegations: TV reports
3: 00 pm: Kumar Vishwas tweets that he has known Arvind Kejriwal for 12 years and he cannot even think that the Delhi CM could be involved in corruption.
अरविंद से मेरा 12 वर्ष का परिचय है और इतने साल काम करने के बाद मैं कह सकता हूँ कि @ArvindKejriwal भ्रष्टाचार करेगा ये मैं सोच भी नहीं सकता— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) May 7, 2017
2:25pm: Youth Congress to demonstrate outside Kejriwal’s house at 4 PM seeking his resignation on Kapil Mishra’s charges, tweets Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken.
2:15pm: I want to very strongly tell Arvind Kejriwal that he now doesn’t have the moral or the legal right to be Delhi CM and should resign immediately: Manoj Tiwari at a press conference.
Kapil Mishra ne der se hi sahi lekin jo saahas kiya hai uske liye main unhe dhanyavaad karna chahta hoon. CM isteefa dein: Manoj Tiwari,BJP— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2017
2:12pm: Whole of Delhi is absolutely shocked by today’s remarks of Kapil Mishra.Its not an allegation but statement of a witness, says Manoj Tiwari,BJP: ANI
1:18pm: Kejriwal should take moral responsibility and resign immediately, says Ajay Maken.
1:15pm: Congress leader Ajay Maken says Kapil Mishra has levelled serious allegation...the Centre, anti-corruption bureau and CBI should take cognizance and immediately act on this.
The true test of character comes in adversity.We are now seeing the true faces of AAP's remnants as it's ship sinks.What an opportunity lost— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) May 7, 2017
1:10pm: Kapil Mishra says whatever information he has, he has told the L-G and will now pass it on to CBI and ACB: ANI.
12:48pm: Arvind Kejriwal betrayed the people of Delhi and robbed them while acting honest. He should resign now, tweets Delhi BJP.
कल तक सारी दुनिया को कह रहे थे कि EVM के कारण हारे चुनाव अब अचानक पानी का मुद्दा। मीडिया के सामने आने से क्यों बच रहे है @ArvindKejriwal— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
12: 36pm: “The day Satyendar Jain goes to jail, I will be proved right on one count. Just few days more”, tweets Kapil Mishra.
12:36pm: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia dismissed Mishra’s allegations, calling them absurd
His allegations are not even worth responding to, they are so absurd and without any facts: Manish Sisodia,Delhi Dy CM on Kapil Mishra pic.twitter.com/FoJLcHZetB— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2017
12:02pm: I have given evidence on record. I will give my statement to all agencies
12:01pm: Will go to the CBI and ACB. I have given all details to lieutenant general Anil Baijal as well
12 noon: They need to explain where the money came from and for what it was used, says Mishra
11:47am: “I thought Arvind Kejriwal will not tolerate corruption but he needs to tell the reason behind the transaction,” says Mishra
11: 46am: “Saw Satyendar Jain give Arvind Kejriwal Rs 2 crore two days ago. I could not sleep all night,” ANI quotes Mishra as saying at Rajghat
11:45am: “When I became minister, I sent a report against Sheila Dikshit to CM (Kejriwal). What happened to that report after that everyone knows,” ANI quotes Kapil Mishra as saying at Rajghat
11: 40am: Mishra arrives at Rajghat
10:53am: Mishra tweets about ‘HIM’ taking a bribe after meeting L-G Anil Baijal
“i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov (sic),” said a cryptic tweet he sent after meeting Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, adding it was not possible to keep quiet and he didn’t care even if he lost his life.
i have witnessed HIM taking illegal cash.. have shared all details with Lt. Gov.— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 7, 2017
चुप रहना असंभव था। कुर्सी क्या प्राण भी जाये तो जाए
10 am: Kapil Mishra reaches Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, ANI reports
9:48 am: Mishra tells ANI that he will always remain a member of AAP, the party he co-founded
I am founder member of AAP and will always remain in the party: AAP leader Kapil Mishra on the question of joining BJP pic.twitter.com/8esiwH7EA2— ANI (@ANI_news) May 7, 2017
Mishra was on Saturday thrown out of the cabinet and stripped off the water and tourism portfolios by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The party said he had failed to resolve Delhi’s water problem but Mishra said his removal came on the day he shared details of the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal report with the chief minister.
Mishra’s sacking is Round 2 of the war within the ruling Aam Aadmi party where trouble has been brewing after back-to-back poll defeats.
Mishra is considered close to party leader Kumar Vishwas who rose in revolt against Kejriwal. Party bought peace with Vishwas barely four days ago but the arrangement has not worked, with the senior leader tweeting in favour of Mishra.