What is the Delhi water tanker scam?
The ‘Delhi water tanker scam’ is once again making headlines as Kapil Mishra, who was sacked as minister in Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet, has made grave allegations against the Delhi chief minister. Mishra was also sacked from the post of Delhi Jal Board chief. Mishra alleged that his sacking came as he had asked Kejriwal to take action against those involved in the scam. Speaking to media, Mishra alleged that he was ‘probably’ removed for mentioning AAP leaders’ names in his report on the water tanker scam. Today, Mishra made an even graver allegation that he had seen Kejriwal accepting Rs 2 cr from Satyendar Jain. So what is the Delhi water tanker scam? Check this out:
The water tanker scam is as big as Rs 400-crore. It refers to alleged allotment of contracts to private water tankers during Congress government regime in Delhi. These tankers were tasked to supply water to the areas which did not fall under Delhi Jal Board’s network. After coming to power in Delhi, AAP government appointed a five-member fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities – headed by Kapil Mishra. In its report, the committee found that an estimated Rs 400-crore scam took place in 2012 as the Sheila Dikshit government practiced favoritism in hiring tankers.
However, it was reported that Mishra also mentioned about a possible involvement of AAP ministers in the scam and apprised Kejriwal of the same. Mishra later submitted to the then Lt Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung, and it recommended an investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi Police.