Probe Sheila’s role in water tanker scam: Delhi govt

  • HT Correspondent, NEW DELHI
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 00:24 IST
The Delhi Assembly on Monday discussed a report by a fact-finding committee set up by the AAP government that probed the alleged irregularities in DJB. The report mentions names of some politicians and bureaucrats. (Agencies)

The Delhi government on Monday recommended the Centre to either initiate a probe against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit in connection with an alleged water tanker scam to the tune of `400 crore.

Delhi water minister, Kapil Mishra, informed Delhi assembly on Monday that he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, urging them to order either a CBI or an ACB probe into the matter as both investigative agencies directly come under the Centre.

Mishra said he had also sent a copy of the fact-finding report, prepared by an empowered probe committee constituted by him, which clearly mentions the names of politicians and bureaucrats involved in the alleged scam.

The move came after leader of opposition, Vijender Gupta, while moving a calling attention motion demanded chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to make public the report of the committee submitted to the CM’s office by Kapil Mishra in August 2015.

The report indicated that Dikshit, as the then chairperson of Delhi Jal Board, and other DJB members had indulged in “grave irregularities”. Gupta had raised the issue in the assembly on June 10 as well and had created uproar by scaling atop a desk of the Delhi Assembly alleging the treasury bench was “gagging” opposition’s voice.

Taking a dig at Gupta, Kejriwal said that the opposition leader can take credit for “forcing” the Delhi government to release the report but dared him to get the FIR registered against Dikshit within next two months.

“If he (Gupta) fails to do so, he should then shave off half of his moustache and sit on dharna against the PM,” Kejriwal said.

Reacting to the development, Gupta said Kejriwal has denigrated the offices of Prime Minister and the chief minister by dragging them in a state subject for which he himself is entirely responsible.

“The government kept sitting on the file for 10 months and suppressed the report,” Gupta said.

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