The Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Monday filed a first information report (FIR) against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his predecessor Sheila Dikshit in connection with the water tanker scam.
The ACB also said that the two could be called for questioning.
ACB chief M K Meena told IANS that the FIR was registered on the complaint of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijender Gupta against Kejriwal “for causing delay and not cancelling the contract for water tankers”.
What is the scam all about and how did it come to light
The alleged scam came to light when Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, in June 2015, constituted a fact-finding committee to probe the irregularities in hiring some 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board in 2012, during Dikshit’s rule.
The five-member committee was formed by Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra.
Its report, submitted to Kejriwal in August 2015, highlights alleged corruption of Rs 400 crore in the process of awarding tenders for hiring water tankers.
It recommended an FIR against Congress leader Dikshit by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the ACB.
Last week, on Monday, almost a year later, the report was sent to the prime minister and Delhi’s lieutenant governor by the AAP government.
What did the Delhi government do after the panel submitted its report
On June 12, state Water Minister Mishra had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommending either a CBI or ACB probe against Dikshit in connection with alleged scam. Read more.