Water minister Kapil Mishra on Saturday accused former chief minister Sheila Dikshit of trying to “dictate” the terms of investigation into the alleged water tanker scam by referring to her letter to Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.
Alleging a “collusion” between the L-G and Dikshit, Mishra wrote to Jung saying it was “unfortunate” that the “accused” was being given an opportunity to question the panel that found the alleged irregularities, instead of “being interrogated”.
“There are five FIRs against her for various corruption cases pending with the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Instead of questioning her, ACB is allowing her to now dictate the terms of investigation,” Mishra said.
In her letter, Dikshit reportedly apprised the L-G about the technicalities involved in the decision to procure water tankers during her tenure.
A Delhi Jal Board committee, led by Mishra, questioned the decision, claiming it saw irregularities running into over `400 crore. The ACB has filed an FIR, on allegations that the tendering process of the Delhi Jal Board under the former chief minister was tweaked to benefit a private company.
The “true facts” of the case would have got Dikshit arrested had ACB been under the control of AAP government, Mishra claimed.
“BJP and Congress are working together to ensure that Dikshit remains unhurt and untouched by the law of the land. I am sure that they will file a case against the fact-finding committee as well since they have orders to follow in order to save their jobs,” he added.
On June 23, ACB had sent a notice to the water minister asking him to appear before it on July 4. Former CM Sheila has also been summoned next month.
“Even before the elections, the AAP has been making baseless accusations. They have been in power for more than a year, although they have failed to provide the truck load of evidence which Arvind Kejriwal and party talked about previously. Further, how can the Congress party and its leaders influence anyone, when it is not in power in the state or in the Center?” said Delhi Congress chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee.
Sheila Dikshit could not be contacted for her comment. HT called on her landline as well as mobile number but couldn’t get through to the former Delhi chief minister.