Court sends contractor to police custody for a day

A Delhi court today sent a contractor, arrested in connection with an alleged scam in the Public Works Department (PWD), to police custody for a day.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Khanagwal sent Vinay Bansal to custody after the counsel for Delhi Police’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) said he was required for custodial interrogation.

Vinay, who is the son of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Bansal, was produced before the court after his two-day custody granted to the ACB ended today.

According to an FIR lodged in May last year, Vinay and his father were working on a project of over Rs 4 crore. After receiving a payment of Rs 3 crore, they showed fake bills of Rs 1 crore for procurement of steel from a company that was “non-existent”.

Vinay was arrested on May 10 by the ACB. The court had then rejected the application of the ACB for police remand, saying Vinay, who had fainted and collapsed in the courtroom that day, was not medically fit.

Three FIRs, including one against a company run by Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case on May 9 last year.

Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by the Bansals, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were named in the FIRs.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, the founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain had misused their office for grant of contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.

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