Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch on Wednesday questioned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s private secretary in connection with its probe in the alleged Rs 400 crore tanker scam. Kumar, whose name was submitted to anti-graft body by former Delhi Minister Kapil Mishra, joined the probe today. Press Trust of India, quoting a senior official, reported that Kumar arrived at 11.30 AM for the questioning at the ACB office. Kumar has been reportedly asked to bring some files and they are being examined. After high-level drama and war of words with Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, Mishra had approached ACB and submitted with them detailed statement.
Now, ACB is scheduled to raise questions on certain points tomorrow. Putting up grave corruption charges against Kejriwal, Mishra had alleged that Delhi Chief Minister had influenced the probe into the alleged scam that dates back to Sheila Dikshit’s regime as chief minister. PTI, quoting sources, reported that Mishra alleged Kumar asked him to delay submitting a few reports to the then Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in connection with the alleged scam. Mishra, speaking to media, had asserted Kumar’s name and alleged that the investigation into the tanker scam was repeatedly delayed and influenced by Kejriwal and “his two men”, PTI had reported.
The report also said that Dikshit “examined” by the ACB officials in connection with her alleged involvement in the tanker scam in August last year, besides being handed over a set of 18 written questions. The former water resources minister of Delhi was also appointed the head of a fact-finding committee to go into alleged irregularities in procuring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the DJB.