Updated: August 29, 2015 8:01:37 am
Over two months after initiating an inquiry into the water tanker distribution system of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), Delhi Law Minister and DJB chairperson Kapil Mishra has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to lodge an FIR against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and other erstwhile board members in connection to the alleged scam.
On June 19, a five-member committee was constituted to probe the hiring of 385 stainless steel tankers in 2012. The committee had been formed after the DJB recieved complaints about irregularities in the process of awarding tenders. Dikshit was the chairperson of the DJB when these tankers were procured. In its report, the committee stated that the irrgularities had resulted in a loss of Rs 400 crore.
“The report is-self explanatory and exposes how the then DJB chairperson and chief minister Sheila Dikshitji and other board members have consistently by-passed laws and rules to cause a loss of almost Rs 400 crore to the Delhi Jal Board. I am forwarding this report to you with the request that a FIR should immediately be lodged by Delhi Govt based on this report against all those involved in this scam,” read Mishra’s letter to Kejriwal.
Mishra also claimed that there may be attempts to topple the AAP government after the “big expose”. “I am afraid that immediately after this expose, there will be attempts to destabilise our government in Delhi and also to remove me from this chair,” stated Mishra’s letter.
While Dikshit could not be reached for comments, former DJB member and Congress leader Mateen Ahmad told reporters, “Arvind Kejriwal has failed and that’s why he is picking up a new issue every day”.
The BJP, on the other hand, attacked the AAP government and accused it of “indulging in gimmicks for publicity”. It asked the Delhi government to release the committee’s report and file and FIR against Dikshit and the other political leaders and officials allegedly involved in the case. “The government should release a White Paper on DJB’s corrupt working during 15 years of Sheila Dikshit,” said Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyaya.
The party also linked the issue to the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections. “It seems that the new grand electoral alliance of Bihar — between Kejriwal and Congress through Nitish Kumar — is prohibiting the Delhi government from releasing the tanker scam report involving half a dozen Congress stalwarts,” it said.
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