The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government has summoned former chief minister Sheila Dikshit for questioning in connection with an alleged Rs 341 crore water meter scam.
During its 49-day stint in 2014, the AAP government had ordered an inquiry into the acquisition of these water meters and three FIRs were also registered against ‘unknown persons’. Special Commissioner of Police, ACB, M K Meena said Dikshit had been summoned as she was also chairperson of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) when the scam allegedly took place.
The ACB issued the notice under Section 160 of CrPC last Saturday, said sources. The anti-corruption body has asked Dikshit to suggest an appropriate place where she can meet with the investigation official to record her statement.
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“The ACB has also sent a notice to Ramesh Negi, who was the chief executive officer of DJB, and asked him to appear before it. ,” added sources.
According to sources, the DJB had issued a tender for water meters, but none of the Indian companies could meet the international standards. The board then considered a private company, but its meters failed to meet the requisite standards while being tested, added sources.
According to the FIR, the DJB amended the tender so that the company could be awarded the tender if it met the norms of the Bureau of Indian Standards. The company also overcharged consumers and made them pay extra installation fee, claims the FIR.