NEW DELHI: The Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday questioned Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra for about two hours in the `400 crore water tanker scam during which he remained “non-cooperative”, the investigators said.
Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said, “His (Kapil Mishra) answers were not satisfactory and he will be called again for questioning. He should cooperate with the agency rather than make a mockery of it.”
On the attack on the agency by the AAP leader and even Mishra, the ACB chief said it was the prerogative of the investigating agency on “how to question”. “We don’t work under pressure. We are following the protocol. They should refrain from making such statements,” said Meena, adding that former CM Sheila Dikshit and other Delhi Jal Board officials will be also questioned in the case. Mishra said, “Not even a single question was posed about Sheila Dikshit or her tenure about which the entire report dealt with. Only focus was to frame me or Arvind Kejriwal. One DCP, two ACPs and three inspectors were present during the interrogation. I asked them whether have they read the report against Sheila Dikshit sent by me based on which the FIR has been filed. All except one said ‘no’,” Mishra claimed.
He also attacked the Centre saying, “It has been suppressing evidence of corruption against Dikshit under a deal with the Congress.”
In 2012, about 400 water tankers manufactured by a private contractor were acquired by the DJB. The purchase was aimed at ensuring seamless service across Delhi. The scam came to light after the Citizen’s Front for Water Democracy filed a complaint with the government claiming the purchase of the steel water tankers caused a loss of `400 crore to the exchequer.