Day after sacking, Kapil Mishra says Arvind Kejriwal got Rs 2 cr; Manish Sisodia calls it ‘baseless’

Kapil Mishra said he saw Kejriwal take Rs 2 crore from (Health and Transport Minister) Satyendar Jain.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2017 10:32 am
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Delivering the biggest jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party since its inception, its senior MLA Kapil Mishra alleged on Sunday that he had witnessed party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accepting Rs 2 crore from his Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain at his residence on Friday night. Speaking to reporters at Rajghat, Mishra said, “I saw Kejriwal take Rs 2 crore from (Health and Transport Minister) Satyender Jain. Jain told me he had struck a deal of Rs 50 crore for one of Kejriwal’s relatives. When I told Kejriwal about this he said, ‘This is false and you should have faith in me’. I told him I trust him but having seen the cash with my own eyes, it was not possible for me to keep quiet.” Mishra said he had recorded his statement on the allegation before Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and was ready to testify before the Anti-Corruption Branch as well as CBI.

The allegation immediately triggered a political firestorm with the BJP and the Congress demanding the resignation of Kejriwal. While BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari said the L-G should “examine the possibility of recommending the dismissal of the AAP government to the President”, Congress leader Ajay Maken demanded a CBI probe into the allegation.

Mishra said he had recorded his statement on the allegation before Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal and was ready to testify before the Anti-Corruption Branch as well as CBI. The allegation immediately triggered a political firestorm with the BJP and the Congress demanding the resignation of Kejriwal. While BJP’s Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari said the L-G should “examine the possibility of recommending the dismissal of the AAP government to the President”, Congress leader Ajay Maken demanded a CBI probe into the allegation.

Tiwari also met the L-G “regarding (the) serious cash bribery allegations” while Youth Congress workers staged a demonstration outside Kejriwal’s residence. Kejriwal, however, received support from his party colleagues, with Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia dismissing the allegation as “not worth responding to”. The AAP chief also appeared to have the backing of Kumar Vishwas, who had last week threatened to “take a major decision” while appearing to be unhappy with the party’s functioning. “I am confident that Kejriwal can never take a bribe. Not even his worst enemy can imagine this,” said Vishwas. Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav, who broke away to form Swaraj India, posted on Twitter: “I might agree with charges of power greed, arrogance, authoritarianism against Kejriwal, but charge of taking bribe need solid evidence.”

On Saturday, minutes after being removed as Delhi’s Water Resources and Tourism Minister by the AAP leadership, allegedly because of the poor water management, Mishra announced that he would make a big revelation at Rajghat, from where India Against Corruption and AAP had started its anti-graft crusade. On Sunday, Mishra paid obeisance at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi along with his wife before speaking to reporters.

“Let me start out by saying that I will not leave AAP… if there is any dirt we will clean up the party. It is my party, it is the volunteers’ party. I will not leave it nor can anyone throw me out. I am the only Minister in the Cabinet who has no corruption charges. I have not appointed a daughter or relative on any post. It was repeatedly said that because of water mismanagement, I was being removed. Over the last two years, all statements and interviews by Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia have praised the government’s achievements on water. Were they lying so long or do they now have to lie for some compulsion?” Mishra said. Then, he levelled a series of allegations against the AAP chief. “First (Jitendra) Tomar was made a minister. He was given a clean chit that all his papers are fine. I saw through that, and then Tomar was removed. Now, Jain is being given a certificate of honesty. Lekin kagaz maine bhi dekhe hain (But I, too, have seen the papers). I have seen him (Kejriwal) taking cash with my own eyes. Despite being in the Cabinet for two years, I have given my statement to the L-G on record,” said Mishra.

“When a two-year Cabinet colleague and a comrade in agitations for 15 years says this. it is not just an allegation. I have given my statement to the L-G. After this, I will approach the ACB and CBI. This cash transaction happened at his residence. Why is there an attempt to protect Jain and what was the need for him to take cash? What was the use of that cash? Some corrupt people have come into this revolution. Some people have gotten used to protecting the corrupt,” Mishra alleged. “Different cases come to the fore every now and then. bus scam, money laundering. The (AAP) volunteers used to keep watching, with the one hope that Kejriwal is an honest man and can never accept a bribe… He has to explain where that money came from,” said Mishra. The AAP MLA from Karawal Nagar also claimed that once Jain is in jail, “the entire truth will come out”. “Kursi jaaye toh jaaye, praan bhi chala jaaye, Bapu ke samadhi ke saamne zimmedari se keh raha hoon, main chup nahi rahunga (If I lose my position or my life, let it happen but I am speaking with responsibility at Bapu’s memorial, I will not remain silent)… I told him (Kejriwal), everyone makes mistakes, you must apologise,” said Mishra.

Reacting to the allegations, Sisodia, who was huddled in a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence with the AAP leadership, said, “Last evening, I had called Kapil and told him about the CM’s decision to reshuffle the Cabinet and had explained to him that recently there have been several complaints over water supply. A large number of MLAs were hassled because of this and they were being abused because of this. The baseless allegations levelled by him today are not even worth responding to. I don’t know what to say to that.” AAP leader Vishwas said, “This is a sad day… I have known him (Kejriwal) for 12 years. I am hurt and the volunteer is worried. There are repeated attacks on us but the Opposition is worried that we have survived every such attack. We must trust each other and the anti-corruption crusade that we started… let there be a mopping up of dirt within and outside.”

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    S.Nagaraja Rao
    May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    People say there can not be smoke without fire.Now Kejriwal proved to be feather of the same cap. He, who waged war against corruption,taking bribe shocks every Indian.He came to politics with so many principles, ideals & peoples had high expectation. His Guru pained to hear this kind of remarks or allegations.Apart from that Mishra's allegation of keeping aside of Water Tanker Scam by the CM is not understandable. When the report of water tanker scam to a tune of Rs.400 crores, had taken place,Why did not Kejriwal, made use of the same during MCD election against Congress. We have to read betweem the lines of the report. Whether the person in volved in the scam tried to bribe AAP leader also. If not why it was not exposed during recent elections in the 3 states & MCD. It seems something fishy in these files & the report etc.AAP should comeout clearly with evedence as Mishra produced before LT Governor & ACB. Simple denial by Dy CM would not do.
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      May 8, 2017 at 1:01 pm
      Now they themselves will got exposed and once they start blaming each other the TRUTH will come out in the open and now Anna Hazare will regret for ociating with Arvind Kejriwal in the name of Anti-Corruption Movement and now AK itself being a victim is ntohing but shame on AK and AAP ????
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        Paul Singh
        May 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm
        No one in world going to take 2crore bribe in front of someone else. Also how Mishra counted it 2 crore. That is same gimic BJP tried against Rajiv Ghandhi.
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          Soundar
          May 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm
          After sacking from ministry he is tel that Keigrival has taken 2 crores. Why he has not revealed the same immediately? It seems that BJP is behind this allegation.
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            Aadis
            May 8, 2017 at 10:37 am
            All these are the tactics of BJP - RSS govt to step him down . Why no one asked Mr Feku from where he got the money to wear a Suit worth of 5 Crores ?
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              Dr. Nath
              May 8, 2017 at 9:19 am
              Chor Chor, a highwayman? The cat is out of the bag and ; Is SIsodia trying to coer the bag or parter somewhere?
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                krishna
                May 8, 2017 at 9:13 am
                I think it is below the dignity or qualification or bench mark to describe rupees 2 crore as scam. We just cannot allow every petty amount as scam. A scam, by definition, has to have minimum 500 crore. Lalu's fodder scam etc., can qualify for the definition of a scam. How 2 crore rupees can cons ute a scam?
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                  svs
                  May 9, 2017 at 11:08 am
                  I fully agree. Accepting Rs 2 crore cannot be considered a scam. We need to be realistic. With so much inflation, minimum amount to qualify as a scam must be set at Rs. 5000 crores. By increasing the minimum qualifying amount we will be able to reduce the number of scams. It will also reduce the work load on the judiciary and help make India to become free of scams with very little effort. More importantly it will give peace of mind to Lalu Prasad, Robert Vadra, Vijay Mallaya, Virbadhra Singh, A Raja, Suresh Kalmadi, P Chidambaram,
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                  PURUSHOTTAM
                  May 8, 2017 at 9:11 am
                  I, the Lambkarna, do pronounce Kapil guilty for charging the Yudhisthira of taking bribe, conniving with the enemies of the State, capitalist roader forces of reaction. You are hereby condemned to the RauRauv Nark called JNU for 7 births after getting hanged till declared dead. Punishment according to the Islamic state law will be much better.
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                    venkatesan
                    May 8, 2017 at 8:40 am
                    BJP had started their Game as same as in Tamilnadu ..
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                      Vinayak Upadhyaya
                      May 8, 2017 at 9:18 am
                      DMK and ADMK both parties are corrupt and cases against them are on the direction from supreme court not BJP . DMK has done 2G SCAM and court case against jayalalita was framed during DMK rule .
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                      L bhadrapati Devi
                      May 8, 2017 at 8:26 am
                      Kapil Mishra put a final nail in the coffin of crook party. Greedy and selfish persons of aaptard party started self destruction.
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                        PURUSHOTTAM
                        May 8, 2017 at 8:10 am
                        Anna, Bhushan & Yogi are the BJP puppies. Kejrival can do no wrong. He is the god of honesty. BJP & Modi are liable to be hanged or shoot at sight is the best way for these gangsters. How can Kapil accuse the God of honesty i.e. Dharma raj? Criminal defamation case should be started against him with non- bailable warrant. He should be tortured. Jethmalani is there to fight the case for the poor Kejrival just for a few million $ or Dinars or Rubbles. It is the duty of the people of Delhi to contribute & protect this honestestest, poor god.
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                          Indianbaba
                          May 8, 2017 at 10:27 am
                          This guy called Arvind Kanjari, is caught red-handed accepting bribe by one of his own ministers. He was sacked as he was a witness to the crime. Don't just praise and support the guy.
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                          Indian First
                          May 8, 2017 at 7:25 am
                          AAP - Aravind Asli Paapi
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                            Kiran
                            May 8, 2017 at 7:09 am
                            IE you say "Kumar Vishwas" appears to have stood by Party? But the statement from Vishwas doesn't even sound anywhere to that. He meagerly states, that the dirt from within the party has to be mopped and thrown out...... ;)
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                              Maryam
                              May 8, 2017 at 6:52 am
                              Should we believe a person who has been sacked for some reason?Does he have proof for his statement?
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                                Ram
                                May 8, 2017 at 10:05 am
                                The reason he was sacked was he refused to go along with kejirwal in corruption and bribe taking. Problem with AAp/Kejirwal is there are many lunatics like Mishra who really believed in the lies of kejirwal about honesty and probity blah blah and worst they cat so! They should be with Annaji not Kejirwal, as practioners are with Anna and fellows who use it as tool to loot are with Kejri. It is as clear as day light! I am sure there are more such s who really are honest and believe AAP as honest party among 64 MLAs , that is teh problem kejiri has. I am suter he has 36 crooks who are dishonest and corrupt, who will stick with him in looting for 5 years like ADMK guys do with sasikala! All these corrput aaptards know that after this term, they even cant get their deposits back! So no other option but stick with kejiri until embly term is over or gets dissolved. At least fellows in DMK/ADMK know how to govern a bit apart from loot. Kejiri and company are just armature looters!
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                                indian
                                May 8, 2017 at 6:43 am
                                Waiting for them to blame BJP for this too
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                                  YellaKuttu
                                  May 8, 2017 at 6:19 am
                                  Wish this episode time has now come for AAP to throw Kejri out of the party the way he did with Anna by hijacking the w movement and by doing so there is some possibility of the party survive.
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                                    Gurdeep Jolly
                                    May 8, 2017 at 5:49 am
                                    AAP has no party dicipline and it will b reason that this party will loose image and power in future beacuse mostly members in the party ate incidently piticians.
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                                      Deshu
                                      May 8, 2017 at 4:26 am
                                      It is well known fact that Arvind Kejriwal's Political career began with not allowing anybody to take bribe or commission but today what we heard is shocking to all.No doubt the People of India still think Arvind Kejriwal is non corrupt,honest and sincere beyond anybody's doubt.However being in Indian Politics it is very difficult to be honest in Public life when other colleagues are corrupt and dishonest.People must know truth of matter and no fishing in trouble water .
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                                        Mytake
                                        May 8, 2017 at 3:25 am
                                        2 crores in CASH? Remember BJP used its good offices in IB to ask Harshad Mehta to claim that he had handed over a suitcase of 1 crores to Narasimha Rao? Even if you use the present RS.2000 one cannot fit 1 crores in a large suitcase. Such is the intelligence of DUMB I D I O T S FROM CENTRAL ASIA! BUGGERS ARE NOT EVEN FIT FOR BEAN COUNTING
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                                          Ram
                                          May 8, 2017 at 3:39 am
                                          I am sure Kejirwal and gang will have bagful of money (Rs. 2000 notes) hidden under their caps, and show pretense of honesty and integrity. The day Annaji accused his former chela kejirwal of stea IAC money, it was clear which direction Kejiri was heading. He in fact proved it by hugging another honest revolutionary Lallu and his ISI handlers! It is MCD everywhere these crooks go now onward. It is not that easy to fool people when your adversary is long proven good governance, honest and nationalist like NaMo. Just like decade of propa a by pres.ti.tutes coudnt damage NaMo image, similarly their propa a forthis street urchin wont make him a hero! It is like that old 'blue jakal' story combined with 'Animal Farm' in Delhi!
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                                            Ba
                                            May 8, 2017 at 3:55 am
                                            At RAM: Bloody brahmin pig, cal others crook? Why don't you eat s h I t and better die. So the entire world will be safe from you Chanakyan dogs.
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                                              rajan
                                              May 8, 2017 at 6:10 am
                                              Ram, when you are sleep-deprived, your mind doesn't work. Go off to sleep& after freshening yourself up tell your bosses to give you a day time duty for trol their opponents& singing eulogies for the 56 inch Monster.
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                                                sushil Ahuja
                                                May 8, 2017 at 7:56 am
                                                You are RavanModi But your name is ram Jisne Shambhu ko Mara tha 09871966707
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                                                  Ram
                                                  May 8, 2017 at 10:12 am
                                                  It is so satisfying to see all traitors attacking sensible/logical arguments personally as they have nothing else to say when facts are bared out! Cry pigs cry, except some ISI gangsters and JNU traitors no one gives a hoot to your attacks/nonsense! I said MCD results repeat now onwards, and you guys become so angry! I also am a bania like great kejiri! Anyway that is different matter, I better think of hiji then this corrupt bania. Anyway you guys still have porksitan to move over before NaMo breaks that too in to many pieces! ouch, did I make you angry again!
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                                                  indian
                                                  May 8, 2017 at 6:45 am
                                                  So you are now blaming infighting of AAP on BJP. Technical matter, 10000 notes of Rs2000 each can fit in a suitcase. Do the math
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                                                    P.C.Kulkarni
                                                    May 8, 2017 at 7:53 am
                                                    Did Mishra count all 2 crore currency?
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                                                    sushil Ahuja
                                                    May 8, 2017 at 7:51 am
                                                    Absolutely truthful You are very intelligent 09871966707
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                                                    Satyanaryana Murty
                                                    May 8, 2017 at 1:45 am
                                                    There is no wonder in taking Rs 2crores by Kejriwal from Satyandra Jain Like wise foreign funds wre loated like water from the NRI community to give Keriwal an opportunity to check corruptin The prev Government had minted money by various types of scams and these were riouseflected intheReports of the Comptroller and Auditor general of India Who is the cons utional Authority according to the Cons ution I
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                                                      Ram
                                                      May 7, 2017 at 11:35 pm
                                                      To all aaptards and their supporters, please consider the hue and cry kejirwal-raul made about bogus names inserted on some papers in sahara files and inspite of SC rejecting suh stuff many aaptards including kejirwal asking action against Modi and SIT/CBI type investigation. just imagine what kejitrwal and hi sg00ns would be doing if some cabnet minister in a BJP government makes such allegation and is saked next day! That is why AAP election results are like what they are now as seen in MCD and that i snot going to improve anymore! May be possibility of going to jail may get postponed as in case of greatest secular icon Lalluji's case where he is proved to be just a puppet in ISI henchman, like most secular/comunist 'leaders; are. But people of India are aware of these cunning thugs, no more can be conned like it happened in the past many decades! Look at the tasteless response of sisodia, that 'Kapil Mishra's' charges merit no response! Really! OK people will respond like in MCD.
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                                                        P.C.Kulkarni
                                                        May 8, 2017 at 7:41 am
                                                        Do you even know both BJP and Congress were convicted regarding foreign funding and then Jaitly changed the law retrospectively?
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                                                          Ram
                                                          May 8, 2017 at 10:18 am
                                                          So if that is true, Kejiriwal taking 2 crore bribe and sacking his own minister for objecting to such thing is OK? Then better dissolve AAP and merge with lalluji's RJD or Congress. At least aaptards will not be called as hypocrites!
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