PWD scam: ACB grills six engineers linked to Kejriwal kin
Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Saturday interrogated six engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD) in connection with the alleged corruption of Rs 10 crore involving Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's late brother-in-law Surender Kumar Bansal.
"We have questioned six engineers of the PWD today (Saturday)," said ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena. However, he refused to share details.
The ACB action follows filing of three cases on May 9 against Bansal and senior PWD officers in connection with the alleged corruption charge.
On May 9, the ACB had summoned the engineers to join the probe for their role in the scam.
The case involving Bansal, who died on May 7 in a Gurgaon hospital, relates to a drain project and improvement of kerbs from Shani Mandir to Bakoli village up to
Drain No 6 on the National Highway-44.
The FIRs do not mention Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's name, although complainant Rahul Sharma, Convener of NGO Road Anti-Corruption Organisation, had accused Kejriwal of helping Bansal to get fake bills of around Rs 10 crore cleared.
The complainants accused Bansal and others of cheating and defrauding the treasury to the tune of over Rs 10 crore.
The three FIRs were registered against Bansal and the PWD officers after it was discovered that the bills were cleared by different companies for different works.
"Bansal got the pending bills of around Rs 10 crore cleared due to Kejriwal's influence. He set up three companies - Ranu Construction, Pawan Construction and Kamal Construction - in whose names he got the bills cleared from the PWD," the NGO's general secretary Viplav Awasthi told the media.
According to officials, the ACB had questioned Sharma for a couple of hours on May 11.
The ACB team also visited the PWD office to collect some files and documents related to the scam the same day.
The matter was being investigated by the Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing, but it was later transferred
to the ACB.
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