Suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Kapil Mishra, who is on a hunger strike for the second consecutive day today, will visit the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) office to disclose more details about the tanker scam.
Sacked AAP minister Kapil Mishra, who has accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain of corrupt practices, says he will approach the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) around Thursday noon to divulge more details in the Water Tanker scam. Mishra had alleged that Kejriwal had taken Rs 2 crore cash from cabinet colleague, Satyendar Jain and that Jain had helped a relative of the CM in reaching land deals.
Satyendra Kumar Jain, is a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Delhi. His Portfolio includes Health, Industries, Home, Public Work Department, Power, Urban Development, Transport.
Mishra was referring to an alleged Rs 400 crore water tanker procurement scam of 2012 when the Delhi Jal Board,with then CM Sheila Dikshit as its chairperson, awarded tenders to hire 385 stainless steel tankers from private companies.
An FIR filed by the ACB in June 2016 mentions both the Dikshit regime as well as the Arvind Kejriwal led AAP Government.
Sequence of events of the alleged water tanker scam:-
- The alleged water tanker scam involved irregularities in hiring private water tankers to supply the resource to areas in Delhi that are out of the Delhi Jal Board’s water pipeline network.
- Congress Leader Sheila Dikshit was the Chief Minister of Delhi and the Chairman of the DJB.
- In 2015, the AAP government had set up a five-member fact-finding committee, constituted by water minister Kapil Mishra, to investigate the alleged scam.
- The committee in its report submitted in August that year alleged a scam of Rs 400 crore and said it occurred in 2012 and that there was ‘favouritism’ involved when the DJB hired 385 stainless steel water tankers from private companies.
- In August 2015, Mishra reportedly wrote to chief minister Kejriwal that the committee’s report could spell trouble not just for people in the erstwhile Congress government, but could also mean trouble for people in the AAP government.
- The committee’s report was also sent to the then Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, with a recommendation that the CBI or the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) investigate the alleged scam.
- Jung then sent the report to the Delhi government’s ACB.
- In June 2016, the ACB registered a case in connection with the alleged scam, not just against Sheila Dikshit but also against Arvind Kejriwal.
- The case against Kejriwal was filed by BJP’s Vijender Gupta, who had claimed that Kejriwal caused a delay in the probe of the alleged scam.
Mishra is demanding that AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashish Khetan, Satyendar Jain, Raghav Chadha and Durgesh Pathak disclose details and source of their funding for their foreign trips and questioned as to why these leaders have not put this information in the public domain as yet.
Meanwhile, Mishra has refused to budge from his position, saying he will continue to sit on the hunger strike until details of the five Aam Aadmi Party leaders were brought out in public domain.Mishra, said he’s continuing the hunger strike until AAP chief Kejriwal comes clean about how foreign trips of some AAP leaders were funded.
In a series of letters from yesterday and the day before, Mishra questioned where AAP leaders got the money from for foreign trips, when Kejriwal said the party didn’t have money even to contest elections.
Earlier, in a letter, Kapil told Kejriwal, “Someone told me if these details are revealed, the public won’t let you stay in power for another moment. What is the secret behind these trips?”
Kapil Mishra was suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party after his startling allegation that he witnessed Kejriwal accepting Rs 2 crore from Minister Satyendra Jain.
On Day 1 of his strike yesterday, Mishra was attacked by a man claiming to be an AAP worker. “The attack was all too planned. The attacker, Ankit Bharadwaj, is working with Satyendra Jain in the Mohalla Clinic project and is a party worker,” he said.
While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that the attack was orchestrated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Bharadwaj was a member of BJYM, BJP’s youth wing, Mishra said the attack was planned by the AAP.
The suspended AAP leader on Sunday stirred a giant storm when he alleged that he witnessed Kejriwal “take” Rs 2 crore from another AAP leader Satyendra Jain in what he implied was a questionable transaction.