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AAP crisis: Kapil Mishra shares ‘evidence’ against Kejriwal with ACB, LG seeks thorough probe

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator and former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra today submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to back his allegations against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi May 08, 2017 14:07 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator and former Delhi minister Kapil Mishra today submitted documents to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to back his allegations that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had delayed the probe into a Rs 400 crore tanker scam. 

A day after he said he had seen Kejriwal take Rs 2 crore from Health Minister Satyendra Jain in another case, Mishra alleged that the investigation into the tanker scam that dated back to Sheila Dikshit's tenure as chief minister was repeatedly delayed and influenced by Kejriwal and "his two men". 

Mishra said he has shared all the evidence related to the tanker scam with the ACB. "I told the officials how Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal deliberately delayed the report and how public money was misused." 

"Also, I told them how Kejriwal along with his two men affected the tanker scam probe. The government also tried to shield Sheila Dikshit time and again. ACB will call me again for a detailed investigation," he told reporters after the meeting. 

Mishra, who was sacked as minister on Saturday, also demanded a lie detector on his allegations that he was an eyewitness to the Rs 2 crore exchanging hands between Kejriwal and Jain. He said that a lie detector test be conducted on all three. 

Mishra has claimed Jain had told him in a private conversation that he had "settled" a Rs 50 crore land deal in favour of a relative of the chief minister. 

Mishra further said that he has sought an appointment with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Rs 2 crore allegations. He had met Delhi LG Anil Baijal and shared with him the details of his complaint. 

The LG, it is learnt, has forwarded the complaint to the ACB and called for a thorough probe into the matter.  ACB chief Mukesh Meena is also scheduled to meet the LG on the matter at 3.30 PM today. 

The bombshell dropped by Mishra on Sunday have caused serious political ripples. The BJP and Congress have called for Kejriwal's ouster, but AAP stood solidly behind its leader, insisting there was no merit in the allegation. The Delhi unit of the BJP has also filed a complaint with the Lokayukta over bribery allegations against the Delhi CM. 

The tanker scam relates to alleged irregularities in the hiring of private tankers to supply water.

In its defence, the AAP accused Kapil Mishra of working at the behest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). 

A big conspiracy is being hatched against AAP by BJP through Kapil Mishra, said AAP leader Sanjay Singh. 

The Kejriwal-led AAP said that Kapil Mishra's claims are what BJP has been trying to allege, adding that their party has no place for corruption and that Kejriwal will continue to serve as Delhi CM for five years.

Meanwhile, Mishra said that he will hold another press conference at 5 pm today where he will make another announcement.