New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, today sacked a minister accused of asking for a bribe, and declared “I will not even spare my son, Manish Sisodia or anyone else if he is corrupt.”
Asim Ahmed Khan, who was minister for food and environment, has been replaced by Imran Hussain.
“Our cabinet minister Asim Ahmed Khan has been charged with corruption, we assessed all the evidence and analysed it,” Kejriwal said.
Khan had been accused of “nexus with a builder,” Kejriwal said, playing an audio recording of what he said was part of a one-hour conversation between Khan and the builder.
The government will refer his case to the CBI, the Chief Minister said, adding: “The public trusts us as honest politicians. We are here not for power. So we will not spare our own ministers, MLAs, officers.”
This is the second major change in the Aam Aadmi Party government, which took charge in February.
In June, Jitender Tomar resigned as law minister after he was accused of faking his college degree.
Kejriwal emphasized that he had acted without any prompting. “Nobody brought this matter to us, the media was not aware of this,” he asserted.