NEW DELHI: Accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of corruption, the Congress on Tuesday released tapes of an aide of Delhi Food and Environment Minister Imran Hussain demanding money on behalf of the Minister from a man for constructing a house. The accused is shown as saying that money has to be given to the Minister.
AICC spokesman and Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said Kejriwal had compromised on the main plank on which AAP was founded. He said that half of the Delhi Cabinet was under a cloud. In the tapes, the man extorting bribe is seen saying that a lot of money was spent on getting the Cabinet berth and elections were a costly affair. Maken said he would send the tapes along with a letter to both Kejriwal and the CBI. “The CM should refer the matter to the CBI. He should immediately remove the Minister till probe is over in the matter.” Reacting to the Congress charge, Hussain said, “If Maken can prove any of his staff or family member was involved in the sting, he would quit politics.”
A legislator from Ballimaran, Hussain was given the cabinet berth after the then AAP minister Asim Ahmed Khan was sacked by the Kejriwal for allegedly demanding `6 lakh from a builder in October last year. Former AAP Law Minister Jitender Tomar had to land in jail for furnishing fake degree certificates.