Transport Minister Gopal Rai Monday said he will personally go to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to discuss the app-based premium bus service scam, which has been mired in allegations of corruption. The move comes days after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Rai present himself before the ACB to answer questions on the bus controversy.
“Modi, the Centre and the ACB are paralysing governance by levying allegations of corruption against the transport department. They have been harassing my officers, calling them for questioning and grilling them. We will not allow this,” said Rai.
The premium bus service, which was rolled out last month, had to be revoked after LG Najeeb Jung voiced suspicion that the scheme was meant to “favour one company”. Days later, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta filed a complaint with the ACB. “How can they allege corruption when there has been no exchange of money in the scheme yet. It is only on paper,” said Rai.
He also alleged that Gupta’s complaint was planned in connivance with the LG. “If they can prove even Re 1 worth of corruption in the scheme, I am ready to go to Tihar,” said Rai.