Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Sandra Brady

ACB initiates probe into bribery charge against Kejriwal

ACB initiates probe into bribery charge against Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kapil Mishra on Sunday, a day after being ousted from the cabinet, has charged AAP Minister Satyendra Jain of giving Chief Minster Kejriwal Rs two crore in cash.

The allegation by Mishra, who was sacked from the AAP dispensation last night, came amid growing rumblings in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said Mishra's claims were not mere allegations but testimony of an eyewitness warranting criminal proceedings against Kejriwal.

Highlighting the Modi government's efforts for development of Tripura and elaborating on various projects that it had sanctioned, he said the first measure of a BJP government would be to implement recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission for state government employees.

Mishra on Sunday alleged that he saw Kejriwal take Rs2 crore from Jain at his residence and also claimed that Kejriwal told me such things happen in politics.

"The kind of allegations against Kejriwal are unsubstantiated. It is not worth responding to", Sisodia later told reporters. "He has been sacked due to poor performance The allegations are so absurd and there are no facts". "I am also ready to make a statement before the CBI or Anti Corruption Bureau if required", the former water minister added. He wondered why Mr Kejriwal and his deputy were trying to "fool" people by talking about the accomplishments of the AAP government in improving the city water supply. "The Chief Minister made a decision to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place". The 36-year-old AAP leader visited Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat yesterday before revealing to reporters what he had been hinting was a massive scandal within his party. I don't believe the Arvind Kejriwal who is with Satyendar Jain.

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Mishra also said he has submitted information as a "witness and a complainant" against AAP leaders Ashish Talwar and Vaibhav Kumar to the ACB.

"The BJP and the Congress are treating Mishra as Harishchandra..." "Just wait and watch, Satyendra Jain will be behind bars within a few days", he said.

While calling for a lie detection test, Mishra said, "The CBI should do a lie detector test on all three of us".

Kejriwal, a 48-year-old former civil servant, campaigned to rid the Indian political system and governance of corruption and inefficiency.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare said the developments were painful.

The sacked cabinet minister said later in the evening that he would meet the Anti-Corruption Bureau officials tomorrow morning and hand over the names of two persons for their alleged involvement in the tanker scam. "I will expose everyone involved in the scam and will apprise the ACB", he added. "That too from an insider who claims to have substantial proof".

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