AAP MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi appeared before the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Thursday in connection with the bribery case, officials said.
On Tuesday, the ACB arrested Tripathi’s brother-in-law and his two associates for allegedly demanding Rs 90 lakh as a bribe for arranging a ticket for a party worker’s wife in the citizens’ polls.
A senior ACB official said Tripathi had been asked to appear at 11am. He is being questioned, the official said.
The incident came to light on Monday after an individual named Gopal Khari, who claimed to have been involved with the AAP as an active worker since 2014, approached the ACB with the complaint, according to an official statement on Wednesday.
Khari met Tripathi, the Model Town MLA, last Wednesday (Nov. 9) requesting a ticket from AAP for his wife to participate in the upcoming Delhi Municipal Corporation elections from No. 69 Ward in Kamla Nagar said the ACB.
Tripathi reportedly demanded Rs 90 lakh to secure a ticket for Khari’s wife. Khari paid Rs 35 lakh to him. He also allegedly gave Rs 20 lakh to AAP MLA Rajesh Gupta at Tripathi’s insistence, according to a complaint.
Khari had told Tripathi that the remaining amount would be paid after getting the ticket, he said.
On Sunday, the complainant did not find his wife’s name on the list of candidates released by the AAP.
Later, Tripathi’s brother-in-law Om Singh contacted Khari and assured him that the ticket would be given to him in the next election. Singh also offered to return the bribe, he said.
On the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, the ACB set a trap at the Khari’s residence where Singh and his associates – Shiv Shankar Pandey and Prince Raghuvanshi – were caught coming to return Rs 33 lakh of the money they had on behalf of Tripathi receive. .
The three were arrested under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code. Pandey is Tripathi’s personal assistant, according to the ACB.
The complainant also provided audio and video recordings of his alleged transactions during the payment and return of the bribe amount. An investigation is underway to track down all cases and collect evidence, it added.
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