Court asks EOW to file ATR on plea for FIR against Kejriwal

New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) A court here today directed the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police to file an action taken report (ATR) on a criminal complaint seeking lodging of an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his brother-in-law and a public servant for alleged irregularities in grant of contracts for roads and sewer lines.

Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra was informed by the SHO of I P Estate police station that the matter was being probed by its EOW branch.

The court asked the deputy commissioner of EOW, Delhi Police to submit the report on February 9, the next date of hearing.

Meanwhile, the court again directed secretary of the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to file on February 9 a compliance report of its order directing it to freeze the records pertaining to the contract and keep those in safe custody.

The court was hearing the complaint filed by Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), in which officers of the Delhi government’s 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 IPC.

The court had earlier directed officials of I P Estate police station to file an ATR in the matter.

Advocate Kislay Pandey, who filed the plea on behalf of the complainant, has alleged “deep-rooted corruption” and said the documents showed no material was actually purchased for completing the work here.

The complainant claimed the documents showed no materials were actually purchased and papers in this connection were “concocted and forged”, causing a loss of over Rs 10 crore to the public exchequer.

The plea has alleged that the role of the chief minister must be investigated as he had allegedly caused substantive gains to Bansal and others by using his influence.

It has also sought prosecution of P K Kathuria, the then executive engineer in PWD, claiming he had connived with other government officials and abused his position to obtain huge money for himself, Bansal and others.

It has alleged that Bansal operated through several dummy firms to obtain government contracts in connivance with several senior officials of PWD, which never got executed “whereas shockingly all the payments have been cleared under the pressure of Kejriwal”.

Besides lodging of FIR, the complaint has also sought the court’s direction to call for a status report from the police, monitoring of the probe and a status report from CBI on a complaint given to it on January 9.