The Congress on Tuesday downplayed the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s move to register an FIR against former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in connection with the water tanker scam by saying it is a ‘routine procedure’.
Congress leader P C Chacko said the party welcomes the inquiry even if it is politically motivated.
“The ACB of Delhi has filed an FIR. It is just a routine procedure when the complaint reaches them. Whether it is a complaint, whether there is a scam or something illegal, that is to be decided by an inquiry. So, starting the inquiry is the news now, not the conclusion of the inquiry,” he said.
ACB chief M K Meena said on Monday that they had received a complaint from Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra.
The irregularities committed by the Congress government incurred a loss of around Rs 400 crores, Meena quoted Mishra as saying.
Meena further said, “We have also received a complaint from BJP leader Vijendra Gupta stating despite receiving report of irregularities, no action was taken to cancel the contract that caused huge loss to the government.”
“We have registered a case under various sections of the prevention of corruption act and Indian penal Code (IPC) and we will take action accordingly,” he added.
He, however, said both Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his predecessor could be questioned in this case.
“I hv given a comprehensive report with evidence. No BJP leader is even talking about it. Why BJP protecting Shiela? Vijender Gupta sent a one page letter to LG no evidence. LG has received 15000 such letters in his tenure. how many he forwarded to ACB? (sic)” tweeted Mishra.
(With ANI inputs)