Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has asked Accountant General Central Revenue to explain if there was any violation of finance rules in procurement of water tankers by Congress government headed by then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The Accountant General (Audit), Central Revenues, has been asked whether rules were flouted for procurement of nearly 400 water tankers, as per PTI report. ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena confirmed the development, but didn’t divulge further details. On May 23 Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra was questioned by the ACB in connection with the alleged Rs 400 crore water tanker scam. The ACB is also probing the angle pertaining to the involvement of incumbent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s involvement in the case. The anti-corruption squad is investigating whether Kejriwal deliberately delayed handing of the water tanker scam probe to the ACB, according to ANI report.
“I have demanded that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Ashish Talwar (his political advisor) should be called in for questioning. Some documents related to the high- security number plate scam have also been submitted to them,” Mishra was quoted as saying by PTI.
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A couple of weeks ago, the ACB had recorded a detailed statement of Mishra and it was to question him last week but he had sought deferment due to personal reasons.
Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar was questioned last week by the ACB in connection with the scam.
Mishra had alleged that Kejriwal had “influenced” the probe into the tanker scam that dates back to Sheila Dikshit’s tenure as chief minister.
In August last year, Dikshit was examined by the ACB officials in connection with her alleged involvement in the scam.
The Kejriwal-led AAP government had in June 2015 constituted a fact-finding committee to go into the alleged irregularities in procuring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board.
The Delhi government in June 2016 had sent a report of the fact-finding committee to the erstwhile Lt Governor Najeeb Jung following which an FIR was registered in the case.