Sheila Dikshit accused of a Rs 400 crore water tanker scam by AAP minister

Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. PTI

Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. PTI

Sheila Dikshit, has been accused of a 400 crore tanker scam during her term as Chief Minister in Delhi, by AAP Delhi Water Minister Kapil Mishra.

The alleged irregularities happened in 2012, when the DJB hired 385 water tankers from private contractors. Ms. Dikshit was the chairperson of the DJB at the time. The report of the committee further suggests that the acts of omission and commission by the then DJB under Dikshit resulted in a loss of Rs 400 crore to the exchequer.

According to India Today, on Thursday, following a complaint made by Kapil Sharma, Najeeb Jung forwarded the 123-page  report on the water scam, involving Sheila Dikshit, to the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi Government.

In an accompanying letter, Mishra said that his "report indicates that functionaries and the then members of the DJB (Delhi Jal Board), including its then chairperson, Dikshit, had indulged in grave irregularities," a Times Of India report quotes him as saying.


Kapil Mishra, posted his allegations on twitter as well:

Responding to the allegations, Shiela Dikshit lashed out at AAP, by asking who Kapil Sharma was and questioning the timing of his allegations, as reported by India Today. Why is this 'scam' coming out now? It is politically motivated," Dikshit said, as the scam allegations came in after reports of Shiela Dikshit being considered for the chief ministerial position in the forthcoming UP Assembly elections emerged.

On the issue of purchasing water tankers Dikshit said, "I didn't make the decision alone. IAS officers, MCD members, even some BJP members were part of the decision making...The tankers they are accusing me of choosing are still going strong."


Updated Date: Jun 27, 2016 14:02 PM

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