Sun, 7 May 2017 : Jerked by his removal from Delhi cabinet on Saturday, Aam Admi Party(AAP) leader Kapil Mishra announced he would expose a 400 crore water tanker scam, the guilty list having been already handed over to Kejriwal yesterday, he said.
The present reshuffle inside AAP cabinet is said to have happened following party’s rout in the civic elections.
Mishra’s tweets came late on Saturday evening and Mishra claims he is clean and will give out all corrupt names exactly as given to Kejriwal after his removal yesterday.
Mishra claims his ouster came without a clue and was a single-handed decision by Kejriwal without involving AAP’s core decision-making body, The Political Affairs Committee. However, a senior official told media that the decision to remove Mishra was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Kejriwal.
“Water management was not up to the mark and Kapil Mishra made a lot of effort but the CM decided to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place,” deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told news agency ANI on Saturday.
AAP came into power in Delhi in Feburary 2015 following a landslide victory and Mishra became the Delhi water and tourism minister.
Following allegations of irregularities – originating from previous UPA rule – in issue of tenders for water tankers, the AAP government, in June 2015 set up a five –member fact-finding committee to look into the matter. The committee report confirmed the alleged irregularities and recommended registering FIR against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) and Anti-corruption Bureau(ACB).
On June 30, the ACB registered FIR against Dikshit related to water tanker case and also proceeded against Kejriwal with an FIR, after opposition leader in Delhi assembly Vijender Gupta accused him for delaying in the probe and allowing to continue the water tanker contracts.
On July 4, 2016 the ACB questioned water minister Mishra for two hours and in his letter to special commissioner of police MK Meena stated “So much time has passed and questioning of Sheila Dikshit or any progress in probe has not come to my knowledge. This is a grave issue and people of Delhi want the truth soon as possible.’
The ousted water minister also tweeted that he has ‘some other information’ which might help the probe and that he would meet the ACB chief Meena.
Mishra is expected to reveal the allegedly guilty names later in the day at Rajghat.