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Kejriwal's kin not produced, Delhi court issues 2nd production warrant

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A court today issued a second production warrant against Arvind Kejriwal's relative Vinay Bansal, arrested in connection with an alleged scam in the (PWD), after jail authorities failed to produce him before it.

The first production warrant for Bansal, a nephew of Kejriwal, was issued yesterday by Sanjay Khanagwal, who had also sought an explanation from the jail superintendent for failing to produce him.

Today, sought Bansal's presence in the court tomorrow.

Bansal was admitted to a hospital and sent to one-day judicial remand after he fainted in the courtroom on May 10, when the court rejected the anti-corruption branch's plea for Bansal's three-day police remand, saying he was not medically fit.

In a courtroom packed with lawyers and mediapersons, Bansal fainted during the hearing and a stretcher was brought to take him to an ambulance stationed outside the court.

Bansal yesterday moved a bail application, which will be heard on Monday.

Previously, the had argued that Bansal's custodial interrogation was necessary to dig out the facts in the case.

Opposing the remand, Bansal's B S Joon said the FIR was filed in 2017 and since then no evidence has been found against the accused. He said the FIR wrongly levelled allegations under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, which are meant for public servants and Bansal was not one.

Bansal, the son of Kejriwal's Surender Bansal, was arrested on May 10 by the ACB. Three FIRs, including one against a company run by Surender Bansal, were registered by the ACB in connection with the matter on May 9 last year.

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

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, the of (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD misused their office to grant contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

The RACO, which claims that it monitors construction projects in Delhi, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in northwest It was also alleged that the bills sent to the PWD for unfinished works were "false and fabricated".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:15 IST