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Water tanker scam: ACB seeks opinion of govt auditor


Delhi’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has sought the opinion of the Central government’s top auditor in connection with its probe in the alleged 400 rupees crore water tanker scam.

Official sources said, the Accountant General (Audit), Central Revenues, has been asked whether the rules for floating tenders were flouted for procurement of tankers. ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena confirmed the development, but did not divulge further details.

The anti-graft body has been probing the scam that dates back to the tenure of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. She was questioned by ACB officials over her alleged involvement in the case last August.

Kejriwal’s private secretary Bibhav Kumar too was questioned last week by the ACB in the case.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government had in June 2015 constituted a fact-finding committee to look into the alleged irregularities in procuring 385 stainless steel water tankers by the Delhi Jal Board.

In June 2016, the government had sent the report of the fact-finding committee to then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, following which an FIR was registered in the case.

The report had stated that tender conditions had been violated. The committee had also found that the tender of a company was rejected and another firm was awarded the same on higher rates.

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