AAP crisis Highlights: Kapil Mishra attacks Kejriwal in ‘hawala expose’
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra holds another press conference to reveal the party’s alleged links to hawala operators even as AAP minister Satyendar Jain files defamation case in Tis Hazari district court.Updated: Jul 19, 2017 14:56 IST
Delhi minister Satyendar Jain filed a defamation case on Friday against sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra and MLA Manjinder Sirsa. Mishra had earlier accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of corruption, claiming that he witnessed Jain hand over Rs 2 crore to the CM. Sirsa had also claimed to have knowledge of this transaction.
On Thursday, an east Delhi resident had claimed that he owned the four companies that had donated Rs 50 lakh each to the party in April 2014. Kapil Mishra had reacted to the claims promising to ‘expose’ the trader and AAP’s alleged links to hawala operators.
Here are the Live updates:
3.30pm: President also approves removal of Kapil Mishra as a minister from Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet.
2.50pm: New ministers Kailash Gahlot and Rajendra Pal Gautam to take oath at 5pm today.
2.30pm: Rashtrapati Bhawan confirms the appointment of Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gahlot as ministers in Delhi government cabinet.
2.10pm: Gopal Rai announces AAP’s booth restructuring plan
AAP to begin ‘mera booth sabse majboot’ initiative to strengthen party. To hold state-level convention on May 21 at Punjab Bagh.
Party organisation restructured. One mandal president to be appointed in each of 3372 booths in city
From MLA to chief minister, all will function as mandal president of at least one booth
1.55pm: Sanjay Singh claims Union Carbide donated funds to BJP, but no probe or apology was ever made. Says HC said Congress had violated FRCA and taken illegal foreign funds, but there was no action. Says Congress and BJP took funds from Goa mining mafia Radha Timloo, but no questions were raised.
1.48pm:Sanjay Singh: “Centre has all agencies at its disposal. We are open to probe. Country is watching how the BJP targeting AAP.”
1.44pm: Sanjay Singh: “Rs 2 crore received as per rules, through banking process and not as cash. It’s not black money. It was declared money.”
1.40pm: Sanjay Singh: “Goebbel’s theory at play. Same lie is being repeated to prove it as the truth.”
1.30pm: AAP to hold press conference at 2pm.
1.25pm: Mishra claims AAP has ‘hawala’ links
The sacked minister said that Hem Prakash Sharma was also director in a company alongwith lawyer Rohit Tandon, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in December last year for converting black money into white. Read: East Delhi man claims he owns firms that donated Rs 2 crore to AAP
1.10pm: Kejriwal has nexus with hawala traders, says Mishra
Mishra alleged that Delhi businessman Mukesh Kumar became CEO of one of the companies days before the Delhi civic polls, though the donations were made in 2014. Mishra revealed the name of one more person Hem Prakash Sharma, whose signatures were on two letter heads and said that he was the Additional Director of the companies alongwith Mukesh Kumar — Skyline Metal and Alloys Pvt Ltd and Goldmine Buildcon Pvt Ltd.
12.55pm: Kejriwal opposed note ban as it threatened money laundering, says Kapil Mishra
Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra today claimed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had opposed the demonetisation move as it threatened to “derail” his “money laundering” attempts. “Why did he (Kejriwal) fiercely oppose demonetisation? Why did he travel across the country against the move? Because his men, who hoard black money, were being raided by enforcement agencies,” he claimed.
12.45pm: Kapil Mishra claims AAP forged letters
“Arvind Kejriwal is keeping quiet despite me providing clinching evidence of his corrupt practices. I have also presented evidence on the Hawala case last Sunday. It been one week, but no one from the AAP has come up with any clarification. It is evident from this presentation how AAP forged letter heads to shell companies. Even the letter heads were fake.”
12.35pm: Satyendar Jain files defamation case
Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday filed a criminal defamation case sacked minister Kapil Mishra. Jain has also filed a suit against BJP-SAD MLA Manjinder S Sirsa in the Tis Hazari Court here. The case has been filed against the corruption allegations made by Mishra against Jain.
12.25pm: ACB to question Mishra in water tanker scam next week
Kapil Mishra was exempted from questioning on Wednesday by Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) in the Rs 400 crore Water Tanker “scam.” The ACB had recorded Mishra’s detailed statement last week and was to question him again today but he had sought deferment of his questioning for the day due to personal reasons. He will be questioned next week. Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar too was questioned by the ACB in connection with the “scam” on Thursday. Read: What is the water tanker scam?
12.15pm: Kapil Mishra on foreign trips: Mishra has alleged illegal funds have been used to send party leaders on foreign trips. He has repeatedly sought the details of foreign trips undertaken by Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan, Satyendar Jain, Raghav Chaddha and Durgesh Pathak. In the past week: Kapil Mishra asks AAP for foreign travel details
मैं पूरी जिम्मेदारी से कहता हूँ, अगर इन पांचों नेताओं के विदेशी दौरों की सारी जानकारी सामने आ गयी, तो AK को देश छोड़कर भागने पड़ जायेगा।— Kapil Mishra (@KapilMishraAAP) May 19, 2017
12.05pm: Kapil Mishra claims: “Aam Aadmi Party gets fund from Hawala operator... Arvind Kejriwal’s collar is in my hand. He will go to Tihar.”
11.55am: Mishra has claimed that 16 shell companies deposited money worth crores in the AAP’s bank accounts. “These fake companies are registered in the name of AAP MLA from Moti Nagar, Shivcharan Goyal. These companies have given Rs. two crore to Kejriwal. The funds received from these companies were sent to same branch of Axis Bank where there were allegations of converting black money into white at the time of demonetisation,” he said.Allegations galore: Rs 2 crore in cash to Rs 50-cr land deal
11.45am:Kapil Mishra claims: “The video which was tweeted by Kejriwal on twitter on Thursday was fake.”
11.40am: Mishra claims the Income Tax authorities have started probing the allegations raised by him against fake companies registered in the name of AAP MLA Shivcharan Goyal.
11.35am:Kapil Mishra claims: “Arvind Kejriwal is trying to save one Hem Prakash Sharma,who is director in several companies.”
11.32am:Kapil Mishra claims: “Kejriwal will have to leave the country the day party leaders’ foreign trips come to light. ”
11.25am: Kapil Mishra claims: “Why doesn’t the chief minister give an answer.” Earlier too: ‘Why so silent?’ Kapil Mishra asks Kejriwal
11.22am:Kapil Mishra claims: “Delhi government had issued notice to SKN associates, which later donated money to Aam Aadmi Party.”
11.20am:Kapil Mishra claims: “Mukesh Kumar’s company is also VAT defaulter. Instead of paying VAT to Delhi government,the company donated money to party.”
11.18am:Kapil Mishra claims: “Mukesh Kumar’s company is a bank defaulter. How can he donate Rs 2 crore to Aam Aadmi Party?”
11.15am:Kapil Mishra claims: “I challenge Arvind Kejriwal to tell Income Tax that donation was received from Mukesh Kumar.”
11.12am: Kapil Mishra claims: “Letterhead of companies, that gave donation to Aam Aadmi Party are forged.”
11.10am: Kapil Mishra urges AAP workers to watch his ‘expose’ at 11am. Promises to make ‘big revelation’ with evidences.
11am: Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain files defamation case against Kapil Mishra and BLP-SAD MLA Manjinder Sirsa.
Crisis in AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party has been facing a tough time since its consecutive electoral loses. Trouble began with the party soon after its unexpected loss in the assembly elections in Punbaj and Goa where it was hoping to form a government. Internal distention and calls for change became louder with the party’s loss in Rajouri Garden bypoll and the MCD elections that followed.
Leaders like Kumar Vishwas came out demanding more transparency and introspection. Some party leaders also voiced disagreement with the party line on faulty EVMs. Kapil Mishra, who was removed from the cabinet in a reshuffle that followed, went on to allege that there had been wide spread corruption in the party.
Mishra particularly targeted Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain alleging exchange of unaccounted money and discrepancies in party funding. Mishra has also claimed that Jain had helped a relative of Kejriwal in finalising land deals and getting civic contracts.
Kapil Mishra’s allegations
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra has claimed that he had seen minister Satyendar Jain hand over Rs 2 crore in cash to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. He claimed the money was unaccounted and demanded to know where it had been procured from and where it was used.
Mishra also levelled charges of nepotism within the party, claiming that the CM had not come to his office more than twice in one year.
Mishra has also alleged that Jain had helped Kejriwal’s relative finalise a land deal in Chattarpur, Delhi. Following his ‘revelations’ Mishra had gone on a six-day hunger strike demanding an explanation from the chief minister. He later had to break his fast promising that he would bring Kejriwal to justice. Read: Will drag Kejriwal to jail by collar if he doesn’t resign, says Kapil Mishra
Mishra has also approached the CBI and the anti-corruption branch with ‘evidence’ of corruption against the party.
First Published: May 19, 2017 11:05 IST