ACB Arrests Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Relative in PWD Scam

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's nephew was arrested on Thursday by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in a graft case involving submitting of fake bills to claim money for PWD construction work.

The AAP on Thursday hit out at the Anti-Corruption Branch for arresting Vinay Bansal, son of Arvind Kejriwal's brother-in-law, saying the action was aimed at maligning the chief minister's image and harassing his relatives.

Three FIRs, including one against a company run by Surendra Bansal, father of Vinay Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case May 9 previous year.

It was alleged that a firm associated with Surendra Bansal, the late brother-in-law of Mr Kejriwal, indulged in huge financial irregularities in the construction of drainage system in the national capital.

Sources suggest that ACB arrested Bansal after he failed to give satisfactory answers to their questions. "We received a complaint that Surender Bansal got a tender below 46 per cent on behalf of a company, Renu Construction on the estimated cost of Rs 4.9 lakhs", Deep, who heads the ACB, said.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain misused their office for the grant of contracts to Bansal. It was also alleged that the product quality was inferior.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia told the media here that for the last three years, the Delhi Police and the ACB are being used by the Lt Governor and the Central government for arresting AAP leaders. "In this case, nothing of this sort happened", he tweeted.

Police filed three FIRs in May 2017 to probe the alleged corruption charges against Surender Bansal and senior PWD officers for billing the department by submitting purchase bills of raw materials from firms, which existed only on paper.