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Whistleblower in PWD scam involving Kejriwal’s relative shot at in Delhi

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 01 Jun 2017, 19:09:23 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Rahul Sharma, whistleblower in the alleged Public Works Department (PWD) scam involving a relative of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, was fired upon by two unidentified persons here on Wednesday.

Sharma, founder of NGO Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation, however, managed to escaped unhurt. 

A resident of Gaur City in Greater Noida, Sharma said that he and his cousin were travelling towards Ghaziabad around 12 noon when two persons on a motorcycle overtook their car near Gaur International School and opened fire.

"They fired at the front windshield of the car and fled. As they were wearing helmets, I could not see their faces," Sharma said.

He claimed that the attack was a fallout of the cases lodged by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on the basis of his complaint alleging irregularities in the grant of contracts for roads and sewer lines in Delhi in 2015.

Sharma had earlier submitted a complaint to the ACB alleging that he was getting threats since he had raked up the issue of the PWD scam.

Police said a case was registered at the Bisrakh police station in Greater Noida in connection with the attack and they were scanning the CCTV footage obtained from the area to identify the accused.

Three separate FIRs have been registered by the ACB in connection with the alleged PWD scam, including one against a company owned by Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal.

The FIRs are against three companies -- Renu Constructions, owned by Bansal, and two other firms owned by Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar respectively.

Sharma had alleged that Bansal’s firm was involved in financial irregularities in connection with the construction of a drainage system in north-west Delhi’s Bakoli village, the contract of which was awarded to it in April, 2015.

He had also alleged that the bills sent to the PWD for the incomplete works were false and fabricated.

"The company had obtained a contract for works which were never completed, but the payments were cleared. Even the process of bidding was manipulated," the complaint dated January 9 read.

The invoices prepared by the company and purportedly obtained by the complainant through a Right to Information (RTI) application from the PWD were sent to the Sales Tax department for verification.

Sharma had claimed that the Sales Tax department had informed him in writing that the invoices were false and fabricated.

With PTI Inputs