Kejriwal’s kin held in PWD scam; AAP cries foul

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2018 09:05:34



DELHI Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s nephew Vinay Bansal was arrested on Thursday by an anti-graft body in connection with alleged financial irregularities in a drainage project for the PWD, prompting the AAP to allege that it was a conspiracy to malign the party chief’s image and harass his relatives.

While Bansal was sent to one-day judicial custody by a Delhi court, his arrest immediately triggered a political slugfest in the national capital with the BJP’s Delhi unit demanding Kejriwal’s resignation and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia alleging that the Centre was using Delhi Police and the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) only “to harass and trouble” AAP leaders and their relatives.The ACB officials said Bansal was found to be a 50 per cent stakeholder in a firm named Renu Constructions that was allegedly involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.

Bansal was arrested in the morning from his residence in north west Delhi’s Pitampura area, a senior ACB official said. Duty Metropolitian Magistrate Suri Mishra denied the ACB’s application for three-day police remand saying Bansal is not medically fit, while sending him to a one-day judicial custody.

Rebutting the AAP Government’s claim that a third party audit had cleared the project, the ACB sources said that four PWD officials had “colluded” with the company in the alleged wrongdoing. They alleged that Bansal was evasive during questioning and had claimed that he was not an active partner in Renu Constructions.
The ACB officials said they have found records, agreements, acceptance of measurements, bills, etc, signed by Bansal and there was also correspondences like request of approval of drawings that had his signature.

Three FIRs, including one against a company run by the Chief Minister’s brother-in-law Surender Bansal, were registered by the ACB in the PWD scam case on May 9 last year. Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by Bansal, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were named in these FIRs.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain misused their office for grant of contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.