The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) Monday registered an FIR in the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker ‘scam’ of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and will question “both” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the case if required.
Special Commissioner of Police (ACB) M K Meena said they received two complaints – one from Delhi’s Water Minister Kapil Mishra and another from BJP leader Vijender Gupta – related to the ‘scam’.
“On the basis of their complaints, an FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act and both of them will be quizzed in coming days if it’s important for the case,” Meena added.
Reacting to the registration of the FIR, Kejriwal posted a series of tweets. He said, “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji you did not file an FIR against (Robert) Vadra, you didn’t file FIR against Sonia (Gandhi). You didn’t file FIR in any of the scams you raked up to become PM.”
Kejriwal added he welcomed the FIR and said, “All probe agencies are under you. You’ve left the CBI, police and the ACB after me…. Conducted CBI raid on me, but did not find anything… I’m glad you’ve finally accepted that your fight is directly with me.” The CM also tweeted he wasn’t scared of Modi’s ‘CBI and ACB’.
Earlier this month, Delhi government had sent a report of a fact-finding committee on the ‘scam’ to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Gupta had also written to Jung and accused Kejriwal of “suppressing” the committee’s report for 11 months. Later, Jung forwarded the committee’s report as well as Gupta’s complaint to the ACB.
Last week, Delhi Water Minister Mishra wrote to PM Modi and Jung, recommending either a CBI or ACB probe against Dikshit in connection with the ‘scam’.
Reacting to registration of the FIR, Gupta, leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly, said it was a “moral defeat” for Kejriwal because the ACB was looking into his complaint of delay on the part of the CM in recommending probe into the case.
“He had come to remove corruption, but, it appears, he has himself become a part of it,” Gupta added.