Highlights: Suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra submits ‘proof’, Kejriwal breaks silence

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who rose from being an anti-corruption crusader to Delhi chief minister, became the target of a graft charge on Sunday as his former water minister, Kapil Mishra, accused him of accepting Rs 2 crore from a cabinet colleague.

delhi Updated: May 09, 2017 07:48 IST
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Former AAP minister Kapil Mishra holds a press conference at his residence on Monday. (Saumya Khandelwal / HT Photo)

A day after sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra levelled graft allegations against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, political parties and leader were engaged in a slugfest. While the BJP and Congress sought the CM’s resignation, Mishra stuck to his ground and submitted proof to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) in the alleged water tanker scam.

The sacked minister claimed that a conspiracy was hatched against him because of the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal in the Delhi government. Mishra had alleged that he had seen Kejriwal accepting Rs 2cr unaccounted money from health minister Satyendar Jain. The AAP stood by Kejriwal and dismissed Mishra’s claims, who said he will meet CBI on Tuesday to file a complaint.

Here are the live updates:

9:30pm: Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra attacks Kejriwal, saying that those who hurled “false accusations” at him were facing a “similar plight”: IANS

“What goes around comes around!! From inception in 2010, the people who threw baseless, false accusations at me are now having to face a similar plight,” Vadra wrote on a Facebook post.

9pm: Arvind Kejriwal breaks silence on the crisis, says truth will win and the Delhi government will hold a special assembly session on Tuesday.

8 pm: PAC refers Kapil Mishra matter to an internal committee, which is examining Amanatullah matter, say sources

7.57pm: Political Affairs Committee suspends Mishra from party

7.19pm: Bhagwant Mann named president of AAP’s Punjab unit. The comedian-turned-politician Mann is Lok Sabha member from Sangrur

7.06pm: Sisodia comes out of PAC meeting to address media. Hits out at Kapil Mishra for levelling false charges against Kejriwal and his brother-in-law who passed away this morning. “He has made allegations even before the funeral flame has completely gone out ,” Sisodia told media speaking in Hindi.

7.05pm: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia slams Kapil Mishra for being inhuman by levelling allegations against someone dealing with a death.

7 pm: AAP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting begins.

6.55pm: Reports say Satyendar Jain to file defamation case against Kapil Mishra.

6.45pm: “Main hamesha hi bolta hoon, koi mantri bhrashtachaar ka doshi paaya jaaye use phaansi do (I always say , if a minister is found involved in corruption, hang him),” says Anna Hazare.

6.35pm: BJP leader Vijender Gupta says that two cases had been filed in connection with the water tanker scam, but no action has been taken. “Even after it has been proved that there was a water tanker scam of Rs 400 crore during Sheila ji’s rule, Kejriwal is still using the same contractors at same rates,” he alleged.

6.25pm: Sunita Kejriwal,wife of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal,criticises Kapil Mishra for attacking her brother-in-law who passed away on Monday morning.

6.15pm: “The Arvind I had seen is no more in front of me,” says Anna Hazare during a television interview. Anti-corruption crusader Hazare says Arvind Kejriwal must decide for himself whether he wants to continue or not adds that Kejriwal had changed after coming to power.

6.05pm: “Satyendar Jain himself told me that he managed a Rs 50 crore land deal in Chhattarpur (south Delhi) for Kejriwal’s brother-in-law. The deal was finalised for the Bansal family,” Mishra says.

5.55pm:I wasn’t at CM’s house that day: Jain
“There is a limit to lying. I wasn’t present at CM’s residence on 5 May, Friday and I can prove it in many ways,” says Satyendar Jain on Kapil Mishra’s allegations. “He has lost mental balance & making baseless allegations. Show us papers or proof if its true?,” he adds.

5.45pm: BJP knocks L-G’s door
A BJP delegation led by senior party leader Vijender Gupta met L-G Anil Baijal and demanded strict action against Arvind Kejriwal for his alleged involvement in the tanker scam. “We informed the L-G about the corruption in the Delhi government in which the state CM Kejriwal is also involved. When Kejriwal was not in power, he used to say that he would act against corruption but he changed his ways after coming in power,” Gupta told the media here. Read: BJP, Congress approach L-G to sack, prosecute Kejriwal

5.30pm: Mishra challenges Kejriwal and company
“I will never leave AAP, I challenge them to sack me from their closed door meetings. I dare them to make public the records of the last 2 years, every tender or government paper that has been signed. Let us call experts at the Ramlila Ground and decide which minister and who is wrong. “

5.25pm: Mishra claims rampant corruption in AAP
Mishra alleges the party used money, alcohol and women to allot tickets during the MCD and Punjab polls. “Today I got calls from a number of people across the country who claimed that tickets had been allocated for money in the elections. I have told them to come up with evidence. I will share it with the CBI, “ Mishra says.

5.20pm: Sacked AAP minister launches new email
* Letscleanaap@gmail.com launched by Mishra asking all volunteers across India and US, Canada, Austraila to send him evidence against the corrupt partymen. “Jis Kejriwal ki humne pooja ki, ye woh kejriwal ab nahin hai.”
* “The day Satyendar Jain goes to jail, will Kejriwal still hold on to his chief minister’s seat?”

5.15pm: Will never join BJP: Kapil Mishra
* “All in AAP know that I am the most vociferous against BJP. If there is one man who spoke against Modi then that is me. I fought with BJP, Congress, Modi. I will never go to BJP. I challenge Sanjay Singh and Kejriwal to give proof about me and BJP. If anyone raises questions, they become BJP/Modi agent.”

5.05pm: Kapil Mishra hits back at AAP
* Mishra says he has got time from CBI for tomorrow and will submit all details to the CBI. Says will never join BJP but will also never leave AAP.
* “Tomorrow 11.30 am I am going to the CBI. Satendar Jain gave money in front of me. I will give statement in a sealed envelope,” Mishra says.
* “Satendar Jain had told me that he had claimed fake bills for Kejriwal’s relative Bansal.” A 7-acre farmhouse deal in Chhattarpur was struck with Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, Mishra claimed.

5pm: Meeting of ACB chief MK Meena and L-G Baijal lasted more than one-and-a-half hour.After the meeting Meena said Mishra with visit ACB office again with more details.

4.50pm: ACB chief MK Meena speaks to media
* Kapil Mishra asked for time to give more details, says Meena
* We will give him time to give a detailed statement and provide more evidence. We are in touch with him, says Meena who refused to comment if Mishra would be made a police witness

ACB chief MK Meena addressed the media after meeting L-G Anil Baijal.

4.45pm: Mahila Congress members protest outside the residence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

4.35pm: Kapil Mishra, who was sacked as minister, has alleged that he was an “eyewitness” to health and PWD minister Satyendar Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to Arvind Kejriwal. Mishra also claimed Jain had told him in private conversation that he had “settled” a Rs 50 crore land deal in favour of a relative of the chief minister.

4.25pm: On a day when the AAP turned fire on BJP and the centre government, the Delhi High Court issued notice to Centre, L-G and the Delhi government over Rs 97 crore ad expense which the L-G had directed AAP to pay up. AAP had filed a plea in the high court over L-G’s order. The AAP claimed on Monday that the BJP had been trying to wipe it out by repeatedly dragging it in controversies. Read: AAP must pay Rs 97 crore in 30 days for splurging govt money on ads: L-G Baijal

4.15pm: ACB chief MK Meena will hold a press conference at the police headquarters at 4.30pm.

4.05pm: Truth has a habit of coming out, says Rahul: Referring to sacked Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra’s allegations against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said “truth has a habit of coming out”.

3.55pm: Kapil Mishra, who had left ACB headquarters at around 12pm saying he was headed to CBI office to give his complaint, has not reached the CBI office so far. Mishra had tweeted earlier that he is likely to make an ‘important announcement’ at 5pm.

3.45pm:ACB chief meets Baijal: Meeting between ACB chief Meena and L-G Anil Baijal underway regarding former AAP minister Kapil Mishra’s complaint. The complaint regarding the Rs 2 crore bribe could be taken up by the CBI. In the water tanker scam, Mishra is likely to be a government witness in the case being probed by the anti-graft unit.

3.35pm: “The BJP and the Congress are treating Mishra as Harishchandra...He is same the person who had called Modi an ‘ISI agent’,” says AAP’s Sanjay Singh.

3.25pm: Delhi ACB chief MK Meena reaches office of Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal.

3.15pm: Sanction prosecution of Kejriwal, ministers, says Maken: The Congress on Monday wrote to Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to demand the prosecution of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers on the basis of the Shunglu committee report. “We demand the sanction of prosecution of Kejriwal and his ministers under the Prevention of Corruption Act, based on the Shunglu committee report,” Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said. Read: ‘Gross abuse of power’ by AAP govt, says Shunglu report

3pm: Quit or go to jail, says BJP: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Towari asked Kejriwal to decide his fate. “Either (go to) jail or resign. Please decide Arvind Kejriwalji as being (the) CM of Delhi you can decide for people of Delhi. Only you said it.” He was referring to Arvind Kejriwal’s May 10, 2013 tweet: “Should people just resign for corruption or should they be sent to jail for corruption?” Kejriwal had then asked.

2.45pm: BJP conspiring to crush AAP, says Sanjay Singh: AAP blames the BJP and the central government for charges hurled against the chief minister, saying this was part of a larger conspiracy to “finish off” the party and to “silence” the opposition. “Our only fault is that we are fighting for the rights of the poor and the marginalized and are raising our voice against the politics of hate. They want to silence our voice,” Singh says.

2.35pm: AAP mocks Mishra’s claims: “Mishra’s allegations are laughable. I want to ask him if Kejriwal had called him up before accepting the ‘bribe’,” Sanjay Singh says referring to the sacked minister’s claims that PWD Minister Satyendar Jain had allegedly handed over of Rs 2 crore to the AAP supremo. Read: Party to decide Kapil Mishra’s fate today

2.25pm: Congress says Kejriwal must take lie-detector test
* Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendar Jain and Kapil Mishra must take lie detector test, then truth will come out: Maken
(Kapil Mishra had earlier challenged the chief minister to take the lie detector and come clean. He had also expressed willingness to take the test himself)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi on Monday. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

2.15pm: Congress press meet: Maken seeks action against Kejriwal
* We will approach court for action against Arvind Kejriwal government based on Shunglu Committee report, says Delhi PCC chief Ajay Maken
* Action should be taken against Arvind Kejriwal under Prevention of Corruption Act
* Maken says have written letter to L-G asking to prosecute Arvind Kejriwal

2.05pm: AAP now stands exposed: Javadekar
Taking a dig at AAP’s humiliating defeat in the recent elections, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar told the media, “AAP has lost the trust and faith of the people of Delhi and the nation and the latest development has clearly exposed the former.”
“AAP, who boasts about zero tolerance against corruption are now themselves embroiled in all corruption related controversies,” he added.
Read: Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra submits ‘proof’ against Kejriwal to ACB

1.54pm: Reacting to AAP’s claims, Kapil Mishra says Kejriwal and company are giving themselves a clean chit. Mishra is now headed to CBI now to file a complaint in the alleged money transfer.

1.48pm: BJP delegation — including Vijender Gupta, and Majinder Singh Sirsa — reaches L-G house to meet Anil Baijal over Kapil Mishra’s allegations.

1.35pm:Kapil Mishra’s fate in AAP
* PAC meeting to be held today, party will then decide on action against Sanjay Singh, AAP
* Sanjay Singh says Kapil Mishra acting at the behest of BJP

1.29pm: AAP dismisses BJP, Congress demand for Kejriwal’s resignation:
* Sanjay Singh says party has policy of zero-torelrance for corruption in party
* Singh dismisses BJP, Congress demand for Kejriwal’s resignation. Says chief minister will complete full term
* Leaders of BJP, Congress have been involved in a slew of scams, these parties do not have moral grounds to demand resignation of the CM
* Why no inquiry into VYAPAM, Coal block, IPL scams? Shame that BJP MLA misbehaving with woman IPS officer in Gorakhpur, says AAP

1.25pm: AAP takes on BJP govt at Centre:
* Sanjay Singh says BJP government in the Centre working to stifle opposition and targeting AAP
* BJP not bothered about internal and external threats to the country, but solely focused on decimating AAP
* BJP has been repeatedly attempting to implicate AAP in fabricated cases

1.20pm: Sanjay Singh at AAP press conference:
* Says in a letter, Kapil Mishra had alleged that ACB was trying to frame chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
* Kapil Mishra had claimed that ACB was under pressure to name Kejriwal, says Sanjay Singh
* Kapil Mishra now toeing the BJP line that he himself had exposed, says Sanay Singh

1.17pm:AAP press conference begins:
* Sanjay Singh says allegations part of larger game to trouble AAP. Says allegations baseless and lacking in facts.
* Why can’t Sanjay Singh reveal the details of the alleged date and time of the transaction, asks Singh.
* Shows Kapil Mishra’s letter written in September 2016 questioning ACB probe in the water tanker scam.

1.15pm: Kapil Mishra says on twitter that he will make “an important announcement” at 5pm today.

1.10pm: Several party MLAs including Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Somnath Bharti, Rajesh Rishi, who had echoed the position of Kumar Vishwas for the party’s need to introspect in the wake of poll defeats, rallied behind Kejriwal who for the first time faced graft charges. “I might agree with charges of power greed, arrogance, authoritarianism against Kejriwal, but charge of taking bribe need solid evidence,” tweeted Yogendra Yadav, Kejriwal’s former colleague.

1pm: Mishra alleges that Arvind Kejriwal and two others — Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel — were responsible for the delay in action in the water tanker scam. “I have furnished all information I had with the ACB officials. I informed them about the misuse of public money and the delay in the inquiry into the matter,” he said.

12.50pm: Kapil Mishra slams attempts to label him as a BJP stooge in the wake of allegations levelled by him. “Anyone who dares to speak up should not be called an agent of BJP or Modi... Old tricks won’t work this time,” he tweeted on Monday. Earlier, Kumar Vishwas had also been called a BJP agent by MLA Amanatullah Khan for opposing the party line on EVMs and MCD loss. Read: Amanatullah calls Kumar Vishwas BJP-RSS agent

12.45pm: Congress leader Ajay Maken to hold a press meet at 2pm to give details of steps taken by the party to expose corruption in AAP.

12.40pm: AAP’s Delhi unit convener Dilip Pandey says Kapil Mishra is repeating the BJP script on water tanker scam.

12.35pm: Also at the ACB, reality show participant and self-styled guru Swami Om files a complaint against CM Kejriwal. Om tells reporters that Kejriwal should be probed for alleged charges of amassing wealth, and involvement with Naxals. ACB officials said they have only received his complaint but have not ordered any enquiry because the man did not give any evidence.

Reality show star and self-styled guru Swami Om at the ACB office on Monday. (HT Photo)

12.30pm: Aam Adami Party will hold a press conference over Mishra’s allegations at 1pm. Mishra’s claims have increased troubles for the AAP that is yet to recover from a string of electoral losses.

12.25pm: Kapil Mishra says his next move will be to file a case in the alleged illegal cash deal between chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain. Mishra had alleged on Sunday that he had witnessed Kejriwal accepting Rs 2crore cash from Jain. Read: I saw Jain give Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal: Kapil Mishra

12.15pm: Vijender Gupta alleges that both Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are “hand in glove” in the alleged Rs 400 crore water tanker scam that took place in 2012 when Congress party’s Sheila Dixit was chief minister of Delhi. Read: Kejriwal ‘suppressed’ probe report: BJP

12.08pm: The Delhi BJP has filed a complaint against Arvind Kejriwal before Delhi Lokayukta, said BJP spokesperson Rajiv Babbar. He said leader of opposition in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta will meet L-G in the evening along with four party MLAs and submit documents pertaining to tanker scam.

11.57am: Kapil Mishra says he will now go to the CBI to submit proof in the case.

11.54am: Mishra tells reporters that he is ready to take the lie-detector test and that the chief minister should also undergo the test to come clean.

11.52am: After coming out of ACB office Mishra says: “I have submitted information on water tanker scam. Have submitted info as a witness and complainant. Have given info how investigation into tanker scam was repeatedly delayed, how some officials tried to cover up and how even taking the case against Sheila Dikshit was suppressed. I have given the names of Ashish Talwar and Vibhav kumar.” On allegations of bribery on Kejriwal and Satyendar Jain he says he will soon submit a complaint on it as well.

11.42am: Mishra has given evidence to the ACB against two persons — Ashish Talwar and Vibhav Patel — in the Rs 400-crore water tanker scam. Read: What is the water tanker scam

11.37am: Mishra reaches ACB office, says: “A lie detector test should be conducted on Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendar Jain and me. I am ready to undergo the test.” Mishra, earlier this morning, told HT that he had also sought appointment from CBI.

11.30am: BJP leader Shyam Jaju says people should welcome the disclosure made by kapil Mishra as it shows the true character of the AAP front runners. “Whatever kapil Mishra has said is just a flash. He has given some proof to the LG some he has kept with himself and he will soon give all the proof to the CBI. I believe that we all should welcome this. Kapil Mishra submitting proof to the L-G is enough to show the true character of the AAP frontrunners,” he added.

11.20am: Water minister Satyendar Jain, accused by Mishra of giving Rs 2 crore to the chief minister, has had having frequent run ins with the enforcement agencies over allegedly amassing illegal assets and money laundering. Read: I-T attaches Jain’s Rs 33cr assets

11.12am: Kapil Mishra reaches ACB office in Civil Lines to meet Delhi ACB chief MK Meena. Mishra says he will speak after the meeting. Reports also say Mishra is ‘willing to take’ lie-detector test.

11.05am: Kapil Mishra was, in August 2015, removed as the law minister days after he wrote to Kejriwal recommending an FIR against former CM Sheila Dikshit in the alleged water tanker scam. Read: From being AAP’s face to letting it down

10.50am: Mishra had made the allegations against Kejriwal at Rajghat, from where India Against Corruption and AAP had started their anti-graft crusade. The accusation is the latest in a string of troubles that has engulfed the ruling AAP, after its defeat in the city’s civic election and the assembly polls in Goa and Punjab. Read: AAP turmoil not over

10.41am: L-G office confirms that Kapil Mishra’s complaint has been forwarded to ACB. Officials at the anti-corruption body, however, say they are yet to receive it.

10.35am: BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari takes to twitter asking chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and health minister Satyendar Jain to face action over corruption charges levelled by their former cabinet colleague. Read:BJP wants Delhi CM’s ouster

10.33am: According to reports L-G Anil Bailjal has sought a response from ACB over Kapil Mishra’s complaints against the CM in seven days.

10.28am: The L-G has reportedly, forwarded Kapil Mishra’s complaint to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Mishra had met him on Sunday with the complaint.

10.22: ACB officials says they are waiting for Kapil Mishra and will look into the allegations. Officials also said they will look at the evidence which the former minister presents.

10.15am: The allegations were dismissed by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia who said, “The baseless allegations are not even worth responding to, I don’t even know what to say.” Party leader, Kumar Vishwas, who recently fell out with the party chief also dismissed the allegations. Read: ‘Even enemies won’t believe Kejriwal is corrupt’

10.10am: Kapil Mishra’s claims came a day after he was removed as the water and tourism minister. Soon after the move, Mishra claimed he would “expose” the involvement of certain AAP leaders. Read: AAP chief Kejriwal reshuffles Delhi cabinet

10am: Mishra’s allegation will damage AAP politically: Ex-Delhi Chief Secy
Former Delhi chief secretary Omesh Sehgal says the allegations would damage the political image of AAP. “Politically, this will be quite damaging; there is no doubt about that. But legally this remains to be an allegation, because there has to be quid pro quo. It has to be probed by the prosecution. There will be a lot of political pressure and hullaballoo, but nothing will happen,” Sehgal said.

9.45am: ‘Myth’ around Kejriwal’s ‘crusade’ against corruption busted: BJP
BJP leader S Prakash says Kejriwal, who has the ‘penchant to hit and run’ in various cases against his opponents will at least now order a probe against his own charges and submit a resignation till his name is clear. “The myth around Arvind Kejriwal about his crusade against corruption has been busted... I think there is a bigger conspiracy behind this allegation,” he said.

9.20am:AAP lost its ‘basic premise’ of being against corruption: Congress
Congress says Mishra’s allegations are ‘very serious’ and the party had lost its basic ‘agenda’ to fight against corruption. “This is not a single allegation that has been made. Out of a total of seven, who had taken oath to fight against corruption, six have been removed so far. It explains that the party has lost its basic premise of being against corruption,” Congress leader Ajay Maken said.

9am: BJP’s Vijender Gupta, leader of the Opposition in the Delhi assembly, says he will meet lieutenant governor Anil Baijal in the afternoon and demand action against Kejriwal.

7:03am: The BJP says the ‘myth’ around Kejriwal about his ‘crusade’ against corruption has been busted.BJP leader S Prakash told ANI: “This allegation needs to be probed and investigated and the truth has to come out. I think there is a bigger conspiracy behind this allegation.” He also said that deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s dismissal of the charges will not satisfy.

The Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal

The alleged tanker scam dates back to 2012 when the Congress ruled the city, and involves irregularities in hiring stainless steel water tanks from private contractors.

An inquiry committee under Mishra was formed after the AAP came to power and he apparently said to Kejriwal that the panel’s report could spell trouble to people in the AAP government as well.

Mishra alleged on Sunday that Kejriwal was protecting corrupt AAP leaders and supporters by not making the report public.

First Published: May 08, 2017 08:34 IST