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Arvind Kejriwal’s brother-in-law accused of corruption, Delhi Police launch probe

The Delhi Police is probing corruption charges against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s brother-in-law.

On the basis of a complaint filed by an NGO, the Economic Offences Wing of the Delhi Police has initiated a preliminary inquiry against the Aam Aadmi Party leader’s relative.

Kejriwa’ls brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal had the tender to construct a drain and allegedly used dummy companies to do the work. The NGO, Road Anti-Corruption Organization, has claimed Kejriwal had helped his relatives.

Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra listed the plea for 2 February after hearing submissions of the counsel for the complainant who alleged “deep-rooted corruption” and said the documents showed no material was actually purchased for completing the work.

The court was hearing the complaint filed by Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), in which officers of Delhi government’s Public Works Development (PWD), Kejriwal and his brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal, proprietor of a construction firm, were accused of corruption and an FIR was sought to be lodged against them for alleged offences including cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.

Sharma said Bansal cheated the public exchequer and accused an executive engineer of helping him.

“…The chief minister of Delhi must also be investigated as he has caused the substantive gain to Bansal and his other relatives by using his chief ministerial influence,” the complaint read.

Officials said prima facie it would be wrong to assume that the Kejriwal’s brother-in-law was guilty.

“After the preliminary enquiry is over, the complaint will either be disposed (of) or an FIR will be registered. It is too early to comment,” an official said.

Earlier, complainant Brijesh Shukla submitted to the court documents relating to his allegation that the Delhi government had spent over Rs. 42 lakh by giving advertisements in 20 newspapers in which the misleading statement was made by Mr. Kejriwal.

The counsel for the complainant had earlier informed the court that in a reply to a RTI application, the Delhi government had admitted that a total expenditure of Rs. 42,01,405 was incurred on giving advertisements to the newspapers on October 30, 2015.

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