Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government on Friday trained its guns on former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, raking up the Rs 400 crore ‘water tanker scam’. A report of a fact-finding panel on the alleged 400-crore water tanker scam linking Dikshit was on Thursday forwarded to anti-graft agency ACB by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung for further investigation.
The report by a committee of the Delhi Jal Board was sent to Jung by the AAP government for probe by either CBI or Delhi’s Anti Corruption Branch following persistent demand by the city BJP leader Vijender Gupta.
Water Minister Kapil Mishra on June 12 had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jung recommending either CBI or ACB probe against Dikshit in connection with alleged water tanker scam.
What is this Rs 400 crore ‘water tanker scam’? We take a look at some details:
Sheila Dikshit is under fire for hiring of around 385 stainless steel water tankers from private companies during her tenure in 2012. Kejriwal government had in June last year constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities in hiring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board.
In the report, the committee allegedly found irregularities in the tendering process, leading to a loss of Rs 400 crore for the government.
The committee had been formed after the DJB received complaints about irregularities in the process of awarding tenders. Dikshit was the chairperson of the DJB when these tankers were procured.
Sheila Dikshit on her part has denied any discrepancies and has said that the allegations against her are politically motivated. “I am absolutely clean, all due procedures were followed. These allegations are all politically motivated. They should find out the facts. Even today, those tankers are being used. It was for the service for the people of Delhi. Where does the question of scam come to picture? These allegations are all politically motivated,” Dikshit said.
“The decisions regarding Jal board are taken collectively, including the CEOs, BJP members, MCD members. Everyone took the decision collectively. And why was the report sent to the ACB, only the Lieutenant Governor and Kejriwal ji can answer this,” she added.
(With inputs from Agencies)