Vastavam web: A relative of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was arrested by the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) today in connection with the PWD scam, even as the ruling AAP alleged that the move was aimed at “maligning” the image of the party supremo and harass his kin. Vinay Bansal, son of Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, was arrested this morning from his residence in north west Delhi’s Pitampura area, a senior ACB official said.
Reacting to the development, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “In the last three years, the Delhi Police and the ACB worked only for the central government and the LG, and to trouble the AAP leaders and their relatives”. Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by Bansal, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were included in the 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.It was also alleged that the bills sent to the Public Works Department (PWD) for unfinished works were “false and fabricated”.
AAP’s Delhi unit chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said the arrest was an attempt to malign the chief minister’s image and harass his relatives. He said the contract in question was given to Bansal’s company in Januray, 2015 while Kejriwal came to power a month later.