Ousted minister lodges bribery case against Delhi chief

STORY: Ousted Delhi minister Kapil Mishra on Tuesday (May 09) lodged three complaints with the federal police against chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his colleagues for alleged corruption, widening the rift in the capital’s ruling Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP).

Mishra set out for the office of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) early in the morning with large yellow envelopes which he claimed contained evidence against Kejriwal.

The first complaint is against Kejriwal for allegedly accepting a bribe of rupees 20 million ($311K) from health minister, Satyendra Jain on Friday (May 05), as was stated earlier by Mishra.

In his second complaint, Mishra alleged that Jain helped firms owned by Kejriwal’s relatives benefit in illegal land deals. The third complaint seeks a probe into the foreign visits of some AAP members over the last two years.

The allegations against Kejriwal came a day after Mishra was sacked from Kejriwal’s cabinet over “mismanagement in water supply” and “poor performance”. AAP on Monday (May 08) rejected all allegations against its chief.

Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protested outside Kejriwal’s residence and demanded his resignation. Police used water cannons to disperse the crowd.

Born out of an anti-corruption movement in 2013, upstart anti-establishment AAP has vouched for pro-poor policies and clean governance. Corruption allegations against Kejriwal, a former tax inspector, come close on the heels of a humiliating defeat for the party in Delhi civic polls.




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