Saturday, October 10, 2015   

Indian capital minister booted for graft
(10-09 21:34)

Delhi chief minister and anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal sacked one of his ministers for alleged bribe-taking after months of criticism over multiple scandals engulfing his party.
Kejriwal used a televised press conference to announce the sacking of Asim Ahmed Khan, the capital region's food and environment minister, over allegations that he received kickbacks from a builder for carrying out unauthorized construction.
“We received a complaint that the minister took a bribe of 600,000 rupees (US$9,255) from a builder,'' Kejriwal said.
The firebrand activist-turned-politician played audio clips allegedly of Khan talking to a middleman, before turning the tapes over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Kejriwal said the decision to sack the minister should serve as a stern message to his party members that they are closely watched.
Kejriwal did not specify whether Khan would continue to remain in the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi (Common Man) party, which trounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in February elections.—AFP

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