Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit will be questioned at the anti-corruption branch headquarters on August 26 in connection with the alleged water meter scam.
The case investigating officer had sent a notice to her on June 30, asking her to decide a time in August for her questioning. This will be the first time the former CM will be quizzed in the case.
Sources said Dikshit will be questioned after senior bureaucrat and acting chief secretary Ramesh Negi.
Negi, who was the CEO of the Delhi Jal Board during the time of the alleged scam, has been summoned on July 28. As chief minister, Dikshit was the chairperson of DJB at that time.
Anti-corruption branch head Mukesh Meena confirmed that Dikshit had been asked to appear before the investigating officer next month.
Dikshit had earlier said that the case against her was “politically motivated”. HT couldn’t reach Dikhsit for a comment on Thursday, the day she was declared Congress’ chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming UP polls.
According to the FIR (15/2014), Dikshit and her officials have been accused of deliberately tweaking the terms and conditions of the tender — that DJB issued — to favour a particular company.
About 2.5 lakh water meters were purchased by the Delhi government in 2010-11. It was alleged the tender condition was made stringent to benefit some multinational companies and keeping away healthy competition.
Another allegation was that the financial bid of a particular company was opened without receiving the test result report from the Fluid Control Research Institute of Kerala.
The ACB has been interrogating many government officials in connection to the case. Apart from Dikshit and Negi, the ACB has summoned DJB chief engineer P Bhargava for questioning on July 19 and BM Dhaul, member (drainage) for grilling on July 25.