Water, tourism and culture minister Kapil Mishra Saturday wrote to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) asking why they were determined on going after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal instead of questioning former chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the alleged water tanker scam perpetrated during her tenure.
Mishra, who had lodged the complaint with the ACB to probe the alleged Rs 400 crore scam, said he had received a letter from the ACB asking him to furnish the response he received from Kejriwal after he sent a report of the fact-finding committee that examined the alleged scam.
The letter sent to Mishra by Mahinder Pal Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, on September 22, read, “In this connection (FIR lodged by Mishra on June 20), it is stated that a D.O. Letter… dated August 28/08/2015 was written by your good self to Hon’ble Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ji regarding the report of the fact-finding committee on Water Tanker Management System. Kindly furnish a copy of the reply received in your office from Hon’ble Chief Minister Office, if any, which is required for the investigation…”
In his reply to Singh, Mishra said, “It appears that the ACB is determined to go after Kejriwal one way or another”.
He said that as a complainant, he “doubted” the intention of the ACB which was under “pressure” to register an FIR against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “The fact finding committee report does not mention Arvind Kejriwal’s name. It, however, clearly mentions Sheila Dikshit as an accused. But, again and again, questions are being asked about Arvind Kejriwal.”
In a video message to Singh, Mishra said, “You may be a good and honest officer, may be you are doing this against your will, if you are under any pressure, you can come to us.” Asking Singh to question Dikshit, Mishra said that it would lead to all their wrongdoings and it will also be known why the BJP is protecting the Congress veteran. “History will recognise you as a patriotic officer,” Mishra told Singh.
A senior ACB official said, “We had asked for a copy of the directions issued by the chief minister on the complaint of the water minister. Since the matter is under investigation, we need all the documents exchanged between various offices of the government in this regard.”