New Delhi: Vinay Bansal, son of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s brother-in-law, was arrested today by the anti-corruption bureau in connection with the PWD scam, ACB chief Arvind Deep said.
Three FIRs, including one against a company run by the chief minister’s brother-in-law Surender Bansal, was registered by the ACB in this case on 9 May last year.
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.
After registering the FIRs, the ACB had examined 6 engineers of the public works department (PWD) in connection with their probe into alleged irregularities in awarding work contracts to firms.
Around the same time, Rahul Sharma, the complainant, had told to the police that he had been receiving death threats via unidentified mobile numbers ever since he lodged his complaint. Sharma of the Roads Anti Corruption Organisation (RACO) had filed a complaint against Bansal, proprietor of a construction firm, and a public servant for alleged irregularities in the grant of contracts for roads and sewer lines in Delhi.
RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.
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 January 2015, while Kejriwal came to power a month later.
The Anti Corruption Branch has defended the arrest of the chief minister’s relative. “This is not an arrest made in haste. Bansal was evasive during questioning. He earlier claimed that he was not an active partner in the company, but it was found out that he owned 50% of the shares along with his father,” the official added.