The Congress has released a sting operation video that shows an alleged aide of Delhi’s Food Minister Imran Hussain, asking bribe on the behalf of the minister from a person constructing a house in old Delhi. The video has surfaced when Arvind Kejriwal government is going to complete one year in the office.
Delhi Congress chief also released two audio clips, purportedly containing telephonic conversations of Qasim, the complainant and Furkan Hussain, who according to Maken was the brother of the minister.
Another video contains alleged conversations between one Zameer and an MCD junior engineer in the Ballimaran locality. Maken said that Zameer is said to be a builder constructing Qasim’ house .
According to Maken, Qasim is involved in hardware business. The video shows alleged conversation between Hammad, an alleged aide of the minister, and Qasim.
The footage shows Hammad telling that he is working with “netaji” and his work includes “visiting sites, taking care of his office and collecting money.”
He further said “Imran Bhai is an angry” and asks Qasim to “sit and talk to him.”
In the video, Qasim responds by saying “he (Imran) has gone mad” since he was asking for “Rs 30 lakh for a 60-65 square yard of land”.
The alleged aide of the minister explains that crores of rupees had been spent on elections. “He has spent rupees five-seven crores in the elections. Imran Bhai had spent and has to get that money back. you know how much he had spent to get the ministry?. How much running around he had to do to get the seat and how much he spent? How will he recover all that?”
The complainant was at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters during Maken’s press conference but refused to take questions. But he said that he did not hand over any money.
Ajay Maken while taking a dig at Aam Aadmi Party government said that two of his ministers had already resigned on corruption charges. They will be sending the audio and video clips to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Maken said that the chief minister can conduct his own inquiry.
When questioned that the minister was not directly seen or heard in the sting operation, he said, “even our ministers in the Union Cabinet had to resign when they were not directly involved.”
Maken claimed “the sting operation takes the wind out of the probity and transparency claims” of Kejriwal who came to power promising corruption-free administration, and demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
Satish Upadhya, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit president demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after this incident. He said that chief minister should resign on moral grounds.