Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra no stranger to controversies

The BJP on Sunday demanded Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's resignation after sacked Minister Kapil Mishra alleged he took Rs2 crore in cash from Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today forwarded sacked minister Kapil Mishra's complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the Anti-Corruption Bureau and asked it to submit a report within seven days.

Mishra's charge was refuted by senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who called the allegations "unsubstantiated" and not worth commenting upon.

Through his tenure as a minister, Mr Mishra has repeatedly flogged the scam, relating to alleged irregularities in hiring of private tankers to supply water, which he claimed involves Ms Dikshit and even a "few people in the AAP government".

Mishra said he would meet officials of federal and state investigating agencies and seek a probe against Kejriwal and Jain.

AAP MLA Ashish Khetan also supported Kejriwal saying: "Every time Kejriwal tries to do something for Delhi, detractors within the party and from BJP gang up against him".

An inquiry into the water tanker scam set up by the AAP government past year put the size of the graft at Rs4 billion and had accused former Congress Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit of creating artificial water scarcity to benefit the "tanker mafia". He has also demanded that the Delhi CM immediately resign from his post as he "has no moral right to be the CM". He tweeted, "I might agree with charges of power greed, arrogance, authoritarianism against Kejriwal, but charge of taking bribe need solid evidence".

"The Centre, the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the CBI should immediately take action and register an FIR against Kejriwal", he told the media.

The Congress party has been blamed for widespread corruption. If they had anything substantial, why would they be sitting on the report for over one year. "The Chief Minister chose to bring in Kailash Gahlot in his place".

"I will say that it was Kejriwal's bad luck that I reached there and saw this thing happening. Be it about the party's internal talks, discrepancies in ticket distribution, loopholes in political agenda but it is wrong to level such allegations publicly", he said. Mishra said that APP should be able to explain where the money came from and how it was utilized. Mishra is known to be close to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, with whom Kejriwal has forged an uneasy truce after he made critical comments of the AAP. "It is disheartening to see my former colleague in anti-corruption fight Kejriwal facing the charge of accepting money", Hazare told reporters at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district. "When I asked Kejriwal about it, he said this is false and I should trust him", he said. "ACB will call me again for a detailed investigation", he told reporters after the meeting.

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