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The Rs.400 Crore Scam Which Is At The Center Of Arvind Kejriwal And Kapil Mishra Row

Published on 8 May, 2017 at 5:07 pm By

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came into existence and subsequently rode to power on the anti-corruption plank. Perhaps many of those who put faith in the party and its supremo Arvind Kejriwal at the time are now feeling betrayed following the recent turn of events.

Kapil Mishra, an AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar constituency who was sacked by the party, accused Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal of accepting a bribe of Rs.2 crore from state health minister Satyendra Jain.


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Kapil Mishra has accused his party leader of accepting bribe. Wikimedia Commons

Of course, surrounded on all sides the AAP denied the allegation and immediately pointed fingers at their favorite punching bag – the BJP.

Cutting across party lines both Congress and BJP leaders demanded Kejriwal’s resignation and a CBI probe. AAP has now said that Kejriwal will not resign.

 

This is the first graft allegation against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

But what is this ruckus all about? Mishra claims that the bribe Kejriwal took has connection to the water tanker scam that rocked Delhi during former CM Sheila Dikshit’s reign.

Mishra says that he was sacked when he demanded action against those involved in water tanker scam.

 

This is what the tanker scam is all about.

Between 2010 and 2013, the Sheila Dikshit led Delhi Government decided that water tankers supply water to areas outside the jurisdiction of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB).

For this the Dikshit government awarded tenders to private companies for 385 stainless steel tankers. But certain rules regarding awarding to tenders were allegedly not followed.

The government was accused of favoritism in awarding tenders and appointing consultant.

 

A water tanker in Delhi. K Asif/Daily Mail

When the AAP came to power, it immediately appointed a fact-finding committee to probe the scam.



Kapil Mishra was the chairman of the DJB. On August 28, 2015, he wrote a letter to Kejriwal informing him that the committee has found the scam worth Rs.400 crore.

While urging the CM to take action, Mishra also told Kejriwal that some leaders from AAP, too, were involved.

In June 2016, Mishra sent the committee report to then Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung requesting him for a probe into the scam by CBI or Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). He also called for the filing of an FIR against Sheila Dikshit.

 

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has been accused in a committee report on water tanker scam. PTI

On June 15, Jung forwarded complaint to the ACB and asked the bureau to also probe Kejriwal’s role and find out why he tried to suppress the report.

While the BJP accused the AAP of failing to cancel the tenders, both AAP and Dikshit claimed ‘political motivation’.

Mishra claims that the probe in the scam will hurt the Congress, especially Dikshit, and some AAP members.

 

Today, Mishra submitted a complaint at the ACB office.


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Mired by controversies, the ball appears to be in AAP’s court.

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