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After Tihar Threat and Deadline for Arvind Kejriwal, Kapil Mishra Faints

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Updated: May 14, 2017, 4:28 PM IST
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After Tihar Threat and Deadline for Arvind Kejriwal, Kapil Mishra Faints
Suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra faints at the end of a media briefing on Sunday

New Delhi: In a dramatic press conference that ended with him fainting, suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of laundering money and threatened to “drag him by the collar” to Tihar Jail if he didn’t resign by evening.

The former Delhi water and tourism minister was rushed to RML hospital in the national capital from his residence in Civil Lines, where the press conference was held. Doctors later said he was suffering from “a little weakness and mild dehydration” but was stable.

Mishra has been on a hunger strike for the last five days, demanding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) release details of foreign tours undertaken by five leaders.

Before taking ill, Mishra alleged that the party received funds worth "crores of rupees" from several "shell" companies.

Mishra’s allegations against Kejriwal came a week after CNN-News18 reported mismatch in AAP’s submissions to the Election Commission on its donations.

I-T department sources had told CNN-News18 last week that there was a "major mismatch" in the amounts filed before the Election Commission, in AAP’s bank account and on its website.

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Sources said the I-T department issued a showcause notice asking party officials to be present before its investigators at 3:30pm on Monday. The notice said that a “deliberate attempt” was being made to avoid submission of the requisite documents, sources said.

"All this happened with the knowledge of Arvind Kejriwal as these shell companies deposited money in the AAP bank account on the same day and time in January 2014," Mishra said, brandishing documents.

He also showed a presentation to bolster his allegations and said it was clear that Kejriwal is “corrupt”. “I dare you, resign by evening or I will myself drag you by the collar to Tihar Jail,” he told Kejriwal.

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At a hurriedly convened press conference moments later, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dismissed the allegations. “The BJP and Kapil Mishra are singing the same tune,” said Sanjay Singh.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: May 14, 2017, 1:05 PM IST
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