Congress seeks probe against Kejriwal over 'bribe' charge

"If they were fooling people when they were talking about work done by their government in developing water supply in the city", the former Delhi Water minister said. He added Mishra was perhaps upset for being sacked, reported The Indian Express.

However, AAP has rubbished the allegations, calling it "absurd".

Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Sunday came out in support of Arvind Kejriwal, saying he has known him for 12 years and even his enemies can not imagine him taking a bribe. "We respectfully disagree with Anna Hazare", said the party's senior leader Ashish Khetan. I've waged a war on corruption for the last 40 years and Arvind Kejriwal had once stood by me in this endeavour. Now, he said, even that hope is gone.

Six ministers of the AAP government, out of a total of seven, who had taken oath to fight against corruption on February 14, 2015 (when the government was formed) have been removed so far. While addressing a press conference at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat, Mishra alleged that Kejriwal took bribe and there is no clue as to for what the money was handed over to him. Mishra said that APP should be able to explain where the money came from and how it was utilized. "I can not keep quiet anymore".

"Satyendra Jain himself has accepted in front of me that he made a deal of Rs. 50 crore for a relative of Arvind Kejriwal".

But sticking to his allegation against Jain on Sunday, Mishra said, "The day Satyendra Jain will go to jail, everything would be revealed. No one will believe them", said Sisodia. "He did not take action against his minister Sandeep Kumar despite being in possession of an objectionable CD of the minister", he said.

Mishra said he had written a letter on the tanker scam before this too.

However, sources close to Kejriwal claim that Mishra did not meet the Chief Minister and neither had he submitted any papers related to the tanker scam.

But he resigned as the chief minister 49 days later because his minority government couldn't enact an anti-corruption law due to a lack of support from other political parties. "AAP is my party", he said.

Congress party too demanded Kejriwal's resignation asking him to assist the 'fair and impartial probe. The BJP and the Congress immediately clamoured for Kejriwals resignation.

Kejriwal has also brought a new face in his cabinet in the form of Rajendra Gautam. "These things are not even worth answering, nobody is going to believe in it", said Sisodia in a quick press briefing.

Hazare had led the 2011 anti-corruption campaign in Delhi to seek introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The "tanker scam", according to a report tabled in the Delhi Assembly a year ago, pertains to alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 400 crore in hiring water tankers by the previous Sheila Dikshit government. The Shunglu Committee indicted the AAP government of serious corruption charges but we have seen no action.

Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken told the media that Mishra's claims were not mere allegations but testimony of an eyewitness warranting initiation of criminal proceedings against Kejriwal.

Vanessa Coleman

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