AAP says Kapil Mishra misguided on number plate scam, but silent on Russia tour
In a dismissive tone, AAP government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said Mishra had no clue about the scam, and sought to know who was misguiding him.delhi Updated: May 21, 2017 22:05 IST
The Delhi government on Sunday said former minister Kapil Mishra was misguided on the Rs 400 crore high security number plate scam, but remained silent on his allegations about the funding of AAP leaders’ Russian tour.
In a dismissive tone, AAP government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma, a close aide of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, took to Twitter to retort to Mishra’s allegations that the Russia tour of AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh was funded by a person related to a firm facing probe in the scam.
He said a probe into the scam was first ordered by then-minister Saurabh Bharadwaj of the 49-day AAP government, but the decision was reversed by former Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
In January 2016, the Delhi government again sent the file on the scam to the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) despite the LG having sent it for arbitration on the company’s request, Sharma said.
Probe into High Security Number Plates scam was ordered by @Saurabh_MLAgk in 49 days govt in Feb 2014 Then LG Jung reversed the decision 2/n— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) May 21, 2017
3/n In Jan 2016 Delhi government again sent the HSNP file to Delhi ACB despite LG having sent the case for arbitration on compnay's request— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) May 21, 2017
Hitting out at Mishra, Sharma said he had no clue about what he was speaking, and sought to know who was misguiding him.
Horribly wrong script being handed over to Kapil Mishra - poor fellow has no clue of what he's speaking ! Who is misguiding him 1/n— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) May 21, 2017
In another tweet, the Delhi government spokesperson targeted BJP on the matter.
n/n BJP had tried to rake up this issue in June last year but went silent when it came to know that file was lying with its ACB since months— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) May 21, 2017
In a jibe, AAP leader Sanjay Singh compared Kapil Mishra to the comedian Kapil Sharma.
“Comedy show of Kapil Mishra continues. Till when will media keep showing bundle of lies. First lie was that went abroad to work against the country, and now company of number plate,” Singh said.
Mishra has been levelling allegations against AAP and its government ever since he was sacked as water minister for “non-performance”. He has claimed that AAP had received money through ‘hawala’ channels and that he had witnessed Kejriwal receiving Rs 2 crore from health minister Satyendar Jain.
Mishra even went on a hunger strike asking AAP to make public the details of foreign tours of five party leaders, but ended it after fainting at a press conference. He also submitted documents to the CBI in support of his charges.
AAP has, however, dismissed Mishra’s outburst, saying the BJP was behind it and had sponsored his fast.
First Published: May 21, 2017 14:29 IST