ACB summons AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi in cash-for-seat case
17 November, 2022 | Pranay Lad
Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, an MLA, will arrive at the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) office today to be questioned on the cash-for-seat case.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA was called before the ACB on Wednesday. In a related development, Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday ordered the detention of Prince Raghuvanshi for 14 days in judicial custody in connection with the alleged bribery of AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi’s brother-in-law Om Singh and his personal assistant Shiv Shankar Pandey for an MCD election ticket.
Om Singh is the brother-in-law of Aam Aadmi Party MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, while Shiv Shankar Pandey is the MLA’s personal assistant, according to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). Because the name of the party worker was not on the list of those who had been allocated tickets to run in the election the following month, Tripathi and Prince Raghuvanshi were apprehended when they “came to repay the money” to the complainant.
According to representatives of the anti-corruption branch, all three suspects were detained for allegedly accepting Rs 90 lakh from a party worker in exchange for a ticket to the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections.
In his order, Duty Magistrate Naveen Gupta stated that the two remanded suspects would now be presented on November 18. On Thursday, the magistrate will record Gopal Khari’s statement, and the complaint.
Akhilesh Pati Tripathi and Rajesh Gupta, according to ACB’s legal representative, are both MLAs implicated in the case. They’d asked for 90 lakh rupees. Although 55 lakhs were paid, the complainant’s wife was not provided a ticket.
To repay the money, Shiv Shankar Pandey, Om Singh, and prince went to the complainant’s home. The complainant’s home was the location of the trap. The offender is to be held accountable for 22 lakh rupees. The probe is only beginning. They were taken into custody at dawn.
We haven’t received a copy of the FIR, according to the accused’s attorney. Even the PC remand software has not been disclosed. There has been a media trial. There is a press release from the ACB.
When speaking to the media, the complainant Gaurav Khari stated, “I am receiving threats and the request to retract the complaints.”
According to the police, the complainant Gopal Khari approached ACB on Monday with his complaint that he had met with Akhilesh Pati Tripathi to urge that his wife Shobha Khari be given a ticket to run for an AAP councillor in Kamla Nagar’s ward 69.
According to the police, Gopal Khari reported that Om Singh had been in touch with him after the AAP issued its list of candidates for the MCD elections on November 12 and assured him that he would give him an election ticket for the following polls. The complainant said, “He also offered to return the bribe money he had already accepted.”
The police team is currently scanning Khari’s audio and video records of the suspected transactions made during the bribe payment.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau team set up a trap at Khari’s house, and they successfully caught the trio there.
The accused individuals, according to the police, came to return the bribe money on behalf of the Model Town MLA.
According to the police, the specified sum has been seized.