Have asked Satyendar Jain to explain, Kumar Vishwas on Kapil Mishra's corruption charges
Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas today came out in support of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after sacked minister Kapil Mishra accused him of accepting Rs 2 crore ‘bribe’ in cash from Cabinet minister Satyendar Jain.
Vishwas said that he has known Kejriwal for 12 years and even his ‘opponents cannot imagine him taking a bribe’.
"Kejriwal has said this a 100 times that he should be removed if he is corrupt. I have called Satyendar Jain and asked him to explain his position in the PAC ... whether he is being framed or has there been a mistake, we are ready for an investigation ... be it a ED or a CBI probe," Vishwas told reporters here.
"We can disagree, fight or be disappointed with each other ... I know Arvind for 12 years and I can say that I cannot imagine him taking a bribe or being corrupt ... even his enemies cannot imagine this," he added.
"I feel sad about the allegations. Be it about the party's internal talks, discrepancies in ticket distribution, loopholes in political agenda but it is wrong to level such allegations publicly," the leader further said.
Mishra is considered close to Vishwas, who had recently threatened to quit the party. The former Delhi Water minister had extended support to Vishwas when he had clashed with the party leadership.
Earlier in the day, Mishra levelled stunning allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Mishra said that he gave a statement to Lt Governor Anil Baijal on ‘various irregularities he witnessed during his two-year stint as a minister in the Kejriwal government’.
Mishra told reporters at Delhi's Raj Ghat that he saw Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal at his official residence.
"On being asked, the CM evaded answering where the money came from and said that some things in politics cannot be explained," the sacked MLA alleged.
The development comes a day after Kejriwal sacked Mishra from the Cabinet. Six ministers of the AAP government, out of a total of seven, who had taken oath to fight against corruption on February 14, 2015 (when the government was formed) have been removed so far.