CBI to vet AAP’s sacked minister’s graft charges against Kejri

Mishra to record statement with ACB on May 11 on water tanker scam
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NEW DELHI
9 May 2017

Axed Delhi minister Kapil Mishra's complaints of corruption against Delhi government functionaries will be "examined and verified", the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said today. In a statement, CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur said the agency had received three complaints from Mishra, former Water and Tourism minister, with allegations of bribery and other irregularities against National Capital Territory functionaries and others. The CBI would examine the complaints, Gaur said. Mishra today filed three complaints with the CBI against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, minister Satyendar Jain and AAP leaders who allegedly misused party funds on foreign trips. The Karawal Nagar MLA, who was yesterday suspended from primary membership of the AAP, also threatened to launch a hunger strike tomorrow if details of foreign visits by five AAP leaders are not made public by the party. Mishra said he filed complaints with the CBI over the exchange of Rs 2 crore between Jain and Kejriwal, a Rs 50- crore land deal arranged for the chief minister's brother-in- law and five AAP leaders allegedly misusing party funds on foreign trips. Earlier in the day, the AAP legislator wrote an open letter to his former "guru" Kejriwal to seek his blessings before filing the complaint against him. He also dared Kejriwal to fight elections against him from any seat of his choice. The former water minister had yesterday submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch to back his allegations that Kejriwal had delayed the probe into the Rs 400-crore tanker scam. In another development , sacked minister Kapil Mishra will record a "detailed" statement with regard to the Rs 400- crore tanker scam in the Delhi Jal Board with the Anti- Corruption Branch on Thursday. ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena confirmed the development. Mishra will go the ACB office around noon on May 11 to record his statement. The former Delhi water minister had yesterday submitted evidence to the ACB to back his allegation that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his "two men" had influenced and delayed the probe into the scam which dates back to Sheila Dikshit's tenure as CM. Dikshit was in August last year "examined" by the ACB in connection with her alleged involvement in the scam and was handed over a set of 18 written questions. Till some time ago, Mishra had been accusing the BJP of shielding Dikshit and yesterday he alleged that the AAP government tried to protect her. The AAP government had in June 2015 set up a fact-finding committee to look into alleged irregularities in procuring around 385 stainless steel water tankers by the DJB. In June last year, it sent the panel's report to then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, following which an FIR was registered in the matter.(PTI)