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AAP crisis: Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra submits ‘proof’ against Kejriwal to ACB

AAP crisis deepens after former colleague Kapil Mishra levelledcharges of corruption against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

delhi Updated: May 08, 2017 14:07 IST
Heena Kausar & Sweta Goswami
Heena Kausar & Sweta Goswami
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra outside ACB office in Delhi on Monday.
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra outside ACB office in Delhi on Monday.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Former Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra on Monday said he has submitted “proof” in the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scam in the Capital to the anti-corruption branch and that he is ready for a lie detector test. (Click for live updates)

Mishra was thrown out of the cabinet and stripped off the water and tourism portfolios by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. The party said he had failed to resolve Delhi’s water problem but Mishra said his removal came on the day he shared details of the alleged water tanker scandal report with the chief minister.

Soon after his removal, Mishra claimed he would “expose” the involvement of certain Aam Aadmi Party leaders. On Sunday, Mishra alleged he saw health minister Satyendar Jain handing out Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal. His charge has been denied by the national capital’s ruling party.

The accusation is the latest in a string of troubles that has engulfed the ruling AAP, after its defeat in the city’s civic body election and the assembly polls in Goa and Punjab.

Mishra also said he has submitted information as a “witness and a complainant” against AAP leaders Ashish Talwar and Vaibhav Kumar to the ACB.

“I have given information on how the investigation into the water tanker scam was repeatedly delayed. How some officials have tried to cover up and how even taking the case against Sheila Dikshit (former Delhi chief minister) was suppressed,” Mishra said after stepping out of the ACB office.

On allegations of bribery against Kejriwal and Jain, he said, “I will soon submit a complaint on this as well. I have sought time from the CBI now to register the complaint.”

Mishra has said a conspiracy was hatched against him because of the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scandal in the Delhi government.

“A lie detector test should be conducted on Arvind Kejriwal, Satyendar Jain and me. I am ready to undergo the test,” the former water minister told reporters after reaching the ACB office.

The lieutenant general’s office on Monday confirmed that Mishra’s complaint has been forwarded to the ACB. According to reports, L-G Anil Baijal has sought a response from the ACB over Mishra’s complaints against Kejriwal in 7 days.

Though the AAP has put up a brave face and defended Kejriwal, who has vowed to root out corruption, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress have demanded the Kejriwal’s resignation.

BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari also took to Twitter on Monday asking Kejriwal and Jain to face action over corruption charges levelled by their former cabinet colleague.

“For unbiased inquiry on serious allegations by @KapilMishraAAP , @ArvindKejriwal and @SatyendarJain must step down. #KejriwalMustResign,” Tiwari said.

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 told Kejriwal that the panel’s report could spell trouble for people in the AAP government as well.

Mishra was removed as the law minister in August 2015, days after he wrote to Kejriwal recommending an FIR against Dikshit in the alleged water tanker scam.

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