AAP tussle: Kapil Mishra registers complaints with CBI against Kejriwal and other party leaders
The sacked minister also threatened to fast from Wednesday unless party leaders disclosed the sources of their funds for junkets.
Former Delhi Water Minister and the Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA from Karawal, Kapil Mishra, on Tuesday registered three complaints with the Central Bureau of Investigation against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders. “I have registered three complaints,” Mishra told The Times of India. “The first in connection with the Rs 50-crore land deal of Arvind Kejriwal’s relative. The second against the cash exchange of Rs 2 crores [exchanged] between Kejriwal and [Health Minister] Satyendar Jain, and the third against five AAP leaders who misused funds for foreign trips.”
Indicating an escalation of the crisis that has beset the party since its drubbing in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls, Mishra also threatened to fast from Wednesday unless party leaders disclosed the sources of their funds for junkets.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal, who has so far kept mum, promised to expose a “larger conspiracy”. “AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj will make the revelation in the Delhi Assembly today [Tuesday],” Kejriwal tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Mishra not only sought Kejriwal’s blessing before filing the FIRs, which he described as the “biggest step of his life”, but also challenged the chief minister to contest against him in the election. “If there’s a shred of morality left in you, resign from your seat and fight an election against me,” he dared Kejriwal.
Mishra also visited the office of the Central Bureau of Investigation at 11.30 am, purportedly to “reveal everything” against Kejriwal, Jain, Ashish Khaitan, Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak. Stepping up his vitriol against the AAP leadership, which removed him from its primary membership on Monday, the politician wrote an “open letter” to Kejriwal, listing all his accusations and seeking a reply.
Besides accusing Jain of giving Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal, in what is being called the “tanker scam”, Mishra had levelled another allegation against him on Monday – arranging a Rs 50-crore land deal for the family of the chief minister’s brother-in-law SK Bansal. “Jain told me that he had arranged a seven-acre land deal in Chattarpur for the Bansal family. He also fudged bills of up to Rs 10 crore to benefit Kejriwal’s relative,” Mishra had claimed.
Incidentally, Bansal died of a stroke on Sunday.
The disgruntled leader had on Sunday submitted “evidence” in the tanker scam to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, on the basis of which a probe has been started against the accused. The agency is expected to submit its report within seven days.
Mishra’s allegations include:
- Arvind Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore from AAP leader Satyendar Jain.
- A Rs 50-crore deal was arranged for Kejriwal’s brother-in-law. “Satyendar Jain told me that he has arranged a 7-acre land deal in Chattarpur for Arvind Kejriwal’s brother-in-law’s Bansal family. Being a PWD minister, he also fudged bills up to Rs 10 crore in the department to benefit Kejriwal’s relative,” Mishra told reporters. Incidentally, Bansal died on Sunday.
- There was corruption during the Punjab Assembly polls.
- Sanjay Singh was involved in lobbying for overseas funding for the party.
- Several members of the party’s PAC are corrupt.
- Public money was misused in the water tanker scam, and Kejriwal delayed the report in the concerned matter.
- Party members misused funds for foreign work trips.